Up to 12 ballistic missiles launched from Iran were launched early Sunday morning at the US Consulate in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, officials said.
No casualties have been reported, but Iraqi and US officials have given different explanations for the attack. This also damaged the Kurdish press office buildings.
A U.S. State Department spokesperson told The Associated Press that the strike was “an exorbitant attack on Iraq’s sovereignty and manifestations of violence.”
On condition of anonymity, officials said the Americans were not injured and the currently vacant building of the new government consulate in Elville was not damaged.
Iraqi officials claim that as many as 12 missiles from Iran attacked the consulate and caused property damage.
Kurdistan24, a satellite television station near the US Consulate, was streamed live from the studio shortly after the attack, with shattered glass and debris scattered on the studio floor.
The attack was being investigated by the Iraqi and Kurdish local governments, Iraqi authorities claimed that the missile was launched from Iran, and without giving details, US authorities could not confirm what type of missile was launched.
A strike broke out a few days after an Israeli bombing killed two members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps near Damascus, Syria, and Iran’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the attack and vowed revenge on Wednesday.
Iran’s state-owned IRNA news agency said Iraqi media allowed the attack on Irbil, but did not say where the missile came from.
Negotiations in Vienna, Austria, surrounding the US’s potential return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, broke up without agreement on Friday after new Russian demands confused the deal.
Admiral Frank Mackenzie, U.S. Army Commander-in-Chief of the Middle East, moved to AP in December, while the remaining U.S. forces in Iraq have shifted their focus to non-combat advisory roles, supported by Iran and Iran. The militia still said all US troops were in the area and he was expecting more attacks.
President Joe Biden ended his combat mission in Iraq on 31 December, but the US military is still providing air and other military aid to the fight against ISIS in Iraq.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington soared after a US drone strike near Baghdad Airport killed Iran’s top general Kasem Soleimani and six others. In retaliation, Iran launched a missile at the Al-Assad Air Force Base, where the US military was stationed. Brain damage from the blast.
Many officials believe that Iran-backed Shiite militias were behind the attempted assassination of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Arkadimi when the armed drone landed at his home in Baghdad in November.
Iran was also accused of a drone attack on a US military outpost in southern Syria in October. Americans were not injured or killed.
With post wire