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US: Missiles launched from Iran were attacked near the US Consulate in Iraq

Baghdad (AP) — As many as 12 missiles were attacked on Sunday near the vast US Consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil.

No injuries were reported in this attack, and significant escalation was seen between the United States and Iran. In Iraq, where the government has an alliance with both countries, long-standing hostility between enemies is often demonstrated.

Iraqi officials in Baghdad initially said several missiles attacked the US Consulate in Erbil, which was the target of the attack. Later, Roke Ghaffari, head of Kurdistan’s foreign media office, said none of the missiles attacked US facilities. The area around the consulate was attacked.

U.S. defense officials say the exact number and location of the missiles launched are still unknown, and a second U.S. official said the U.S. government’s facilities were undamaged and the target was a consulate. He said there were no signs. New and currently vacant.

Neither Iraqi nor US officials were allowed to discuss the case with the media and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The satellite channel Kurdistan24, near the US Consulate, aired from the studio shortly after the attack, showing shattered glass and debris on the studio floor.

The attack took place a few days after Iran stated that it had retaliated against an Israeli strike near Damascus in Syria and killed two members of the Revolutionary Guard Corps. The place where they were born.

The missile barrage was in line with regional tensions, and negotiations in Vienna over Teheran’s tattered nuclear deal “suspended” Russia’s demands for sanctions targeting Moscow for the war with Ukraine. Aimed to ease long-standing tensions with local rivals Saudi Arabia after Saudi Arabia carried out its largest known massacre In modern history, more than 30 Shiites were killed.

Iraqi security officials said no casualties were caused by the Erbil attack, which occurred after midnight and said it caused property damage to the area, subject to regulatory anonymity.

One Iraqi official said the ballistic missile was launched from Iran without detail, and the projectile was an Iranian Fateh-110, launched in retaliation for the two Revolutionary Guards killed in Syria. He said it was likely.

Another US official said in a statement that the United States had accused what was called an “exorbitant attack on Iraq’s manifestations of sovereignty and violence.”

US troops stationed at Erbil’s airport facility have been hit by rockets and drones in the past, and US officials have accused Iran-backed groups.

The US Supreme Commander of the Middle East has repeatedly warned that the threat of attacks from Iran and Iran-backed militias against Iraqi and Syrian troops and allies is increasing.

In an interview with the Associated Press in December, Marine Captain Frank Mackenzie, said Iran and its agents still want all US troops to leave the country while Iraqi US troops are shifting to non-combat roles. As a result, he said it could cause more attacks.

The Biden administration decided in July last year to end the US military combat mission in Iraq by December 31, and the US military gradually moved to the role of advisor last year. The military will continue to provide air support and other military aid following the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq.

The US presence in Iraq has long been a flash point for Tehran, but tensions have increased after a January 2020 US drone strike near Baghdad Airport killed Iran’s top general. In retaliation, Iran fired a barrage of missiles at the Al-Assad Air Force Base. US troops were stationed and more than 100 military personnel suffered traumatic brain damage from the blast.

Recently, Iran’s agents are believed to be the cause of the attempted assassination. About Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadimi at the end of last year.

Officials said they believed Iran was behind a drone strike in October at a military outpost in southern Syria, home to US troops.

Al Kadimi tweeted. “The attack that targeted the dear city of Erbil and spread fear to its inhabitants is an attack on the safety of our people.”

Masrour Barzani, the prime minister of the Kurdish-controlled semi-autonomous region, blamed the attack, saying in a Facebook post that Erbil “will not succumb to the cowards who carried out the terrorist attack.”


Associated Press writers Lolita C. Baldor and Matthewley of Washington, Zeina Karam of Beirut, Amir Badat of Tehran, Iran, and John Gunnbrell of Dubai, United Arab Emirates contributed to this report.


This story has been modified to show that US authorities have not said that the US Consulate has been damaged.


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