Iran eludes accountability after strikes on Iraqi Kurdistan

After condemning violations of sovereignty, Baghdad and Erbil have not published investigative findings or taken action to deter further attacks by Iran and its proxy forces.
Protesters demonstrate in front of the United Nations headquarters in Erbil on Jan. 16, 2024, following missile attacks by Iran's Revolutionary Guards. (AZAD LASHKARI/Reuters)

SULAIMANIYA/ERBIL - Weeks after missile and drone strikes on Iraqi Kurdistan galvanized a rare sense of unity and shared outrage between leaders in Iraq's federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), they have not taken action that appears likely to deter future attacks by Iran and Iran-backed groups in Iraq.

The lack of accountability highlights the extent to which the governments in Baghdad and Erbil are unable to regulate Iranian actions in Iraq at a time when pillars of both the prime minister's political coalition and the Iraqi security forces are closely aligned with Iran.

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