Several Kurdish protesters have removed Iranian flag over its consult in Erbil, a video obtained by The Baghdad Post reveal Sunday.
The Iranian consulate in Erbil has condemned this behavior in the Kurdish capital on Friday, Rudaw News reported.
The protest occurred as Kurdish security officials, including the Peshmerga, accused the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to have been involved in the Iraqi-led military operations against the Kurdistan Region in the oil-rich Kirkuk province, and other disputed or Kurdistani areas claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad.
The statement from the Iranian consulate read that a number of people who were under “political” influence targeted the consulate after the office hours Friday evening.
It added that the “noble people of Erbil” remember the sacrifices of two Iranian security forces who died defending Erbil while the ISIS group was at the gate of Erbil in 2014.
Iran said that the protection of the Iran missions in the Kurdistan Region and Iranian nationals are under the responsibility of the Kurdish authorities. It claimed that they have received messages of support from Kurdish officials and the citizens.
Iran, like Turkey, opposed the Kurdish independence referendum held on September 25 that saw 93 percent of the people voting to leave Iraq.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stated that Iraq, Iran, and Turkey, started to have joint meetings months before the referendum to take coordinated measures against Erbil.
People also staged a demonstration outside the US consulate and UN missions in Erbil Friday and Saturday.
The protesters were particularly angry with the Iraqi forces, and the Iranian militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) using US weapons against the Kurdish Peshmerga, including on Friday when the two forces engaged in heavy fighting near Altun Kupri, about 50 km south of the Kurdish capital.