Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Iranian missiles strike near US consulate complex in northern Iraq

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have claimed responsibility for a dozen ballistic missiles that struck Iraq’s northern Kurdish regional capital of Erbil, Iran’s state media reported, adding the attack was against Israeli “strategic centers” in Erbil.

The missile attack comes as talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal face the prospect of collapse after a last-minute Russian demand forced world powers to pause negotiations for an undetermined time despite having a largely completed text.

The missiles, which targeted the US consulate’s new building, caused only material damage and one civilian was injured, the Kurdish interior ministry said.

An Iraqi security official told Reuters that the missiles were manufactured in Iran.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards released a statement taking responsibility for the missile attack against Israeli “strategic centers” in Erbil, Iran’s state media reported.

A US official blamed Iran for the attack earlier on Sunday but did not give further details.

A Kurdish spokesperson for the regional authorities said Sunday’s attack only targeted civilian residential areas, not a foreign base, and called on the international community to carry out an investigation.

Separately, a US State Department spokesperson called it an “outrageous attack” but said no Americans were hurt and there was no damage to US government facilities in Erbil.

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Iraq and neighboring Syria are regularly the scene of violence between the United States and Iran.,Associated Press,

US forces stationed at Erbil’s international airport complex have in the past come under fire from rocket and drone attacks that Washington blames on Iran-aligned militia groups, but no such attacks have occurred for several months.

Asked about Sunday’s attack, Israel’s military said it did not comment on reports in the foreign press and the prime minister’s office declined to comment.

In another sign of increased regional tensions, Iran also suspended on Sunday a fifth round of talks with regional rival Saudi Arabia that was due to take place in Baghdad on Wednesday.

Iran vowed retaliation for Israeli strike

The last time ballistic missiles were directed at US forces was in January 2020 — an Iranian retaliation for the US killing earlier that month of its military commander Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad airport.

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