Revolutionary Guards say barrage aimed at Israeli “strategic center” in Iraq, according to Iranian media
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Sunday, cited by Iranian media, that it had launched a volley of precision missile strikes at “the Zionists’ strategic center of plotting and evil”It happened the previous night in Erbil, northern Iraq. These strikes were close to a US diplomatic building. They came days after Israeli airstrikes in Syria, according Tehran, had killed two IRGC officers.
The IRGC’s statement was first reported by Iran’s state-owned IRNA news agency. According to the agency, Saturday night’s strike was a response to “recent crimes by the fake Zionist regime,”This is apparently a reference the Israeli airstrike that occurred near Damascus, the Syrian capital. According to Islamic republic, it killed two IRGC officers as well as two civilians.
Prior warnings by the IRGC were made that Israel might “pay the price for such a crime.”
The alleged Israeli compound was pounded by 12 missiles, as captured on video. Initial observations suggested that an attack was on the US diplomatic compound.
However, the US compound – which is still under construction and unstaffed – was reportedly undamaged, no Americans were harmed, and American officials told reporters that the US facility was likely not the intended target.
Israel has never admitted that they have any of these strategic facilities in Iraq.
Although the IRGC denied launching missiles from Iranian soil, it is clear that missiles and not rockets were used. Rudaw, a Kurdistan-based network reporting that the missiles were launched from Iranian territory. “originated from outside the Kurdistan region and Iraq,”Cite the regional anti-terrorism authority.
Erbil is the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, and the US consulate there serves Erbil province, along with the three other provinces that make up the region: Sulaimaniya, Duhok, and Halabja.
The bombardment marks the first time that Iran has directly launched missiles into Iraq since January 2020, when Tehran rained ballistic missiles down on two US bases – one near Erbil and another closer to Baghdad – in response to the US assassination of IRGC General Qassem Soleimani. The Iranian attack did not result in any American soldiers being killed, however, a number of them sustained traumatic brain injuries.
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