(ERBIL, Iraq) – IranThe Revolutionary Guards claimed responsibility for a dozen ballistic missiles fired at Irbil, the northern Kurdish regional capital of Iraq, early Sunday. IranIts state media said the attack was against an Israeli “strategic center” in Irbil.
The missiles hit the United States Consulate Among other sites, according to the Kurdish regional government.
The missile strike comes as talks to revive 2015 Iran Despite having a largely full text, the world powers have been forced to suspend talks indefinitely following last-minute Russian demands in the face of the possibility of a nuclear deal collapse.
The missile, which was a U.S. target ConsulateThe Kurdish Interior Ministry said there was only material damage to its new building and a neighboring residential area and that one civilian was injured. An Iraqi security official told Reuters the missiles were made Iran.
IranThe Revolutionary Guards issued a statement claiming responsibility for the missile attack on an Israeli “strategic center” in Erbil. IranState media reported.
The Revolutionary Guards said in a statement that “any repetition of any Israeli attack would be met with a harsh, decisive and destructive response.”
One U.S. official blamed Iran He did not give details of the attack before Sunday.
A Kurdish spokesman for the regional authority said Sunday’s attack targeted only civilian residential areas, not foreign bases, and called on the international community to investigate.
Separately, a State Department spokesman called it a “traumatic attack” but said no Americans were injured and no damage was done to US government installations in Erbil. The US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew H. Tলারhler, condemned the attack and said:IranThe Ian regime has claimed responsibility for the attack and must be held accountable. “
France’s foreign ministry says a missile strike in Erbil on Sunday threatened to end its nuclear program. Iran.
The U.S. military says a car bomb had exploded at an Iraqi police recruiting center at Kisak, west of Mosul. Iran-Abilitated militia group, but no such attack for months.
Asked about Sunday’s attack, the Israeli military said it had not commented on reports in foreign media and that the prime minister’s office had declined to comment.
Another symptom of increased regional tensions, Iran In Baghdad on Sunday, it postponed a fifth round of talks with regional rival Saudi Arabia.
The last time ballistic missiles were fired at U.S. forces was in January 2020 – a IranEarlier in the month, US military commander Qasim Soleimani was killed at Baghdad airport in retaliation for his killing.
No US workers were killed in the 2020 attack, but many suffered head injuries.
Violence in Iraq and neighboring Syria is on the rise Iran. Iran-Supported Shia Islamist militias have attacked U.S. forces in both countries, and Washington has retaliated with occasional airstrikes.
Two members were killed in Israeli airstrikes in Syria on Monday IranOf the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), IranThe country’s state media reported this last week. The IRGC has promised retaliation, it said. Israel has not confirmed that it carried out the attack.
Analysts say Sunday’s attack was more of a retaliation against last week’s Israeli airstrikes in Syria than an attack on the United States.
“Iran The United States has launched an attack on the target and has not hesitated to promote it, “said Hamidreza Azizi, a visiting fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.
“I see this as a warning to Israel and a demonstration of strength in negotiations.”
A Kurdish spokesman for the regional authority said there were no flight restrictions at Erbil airport.
Residents of Erbil posted videos online showing several large explosions, and some said the blasts shook their homes. Reuters could not independently verify the videos.
Iraq has been rocked by prolonged instability since the defeat of the Sunni Islamist group Islamic State by Iraqis, a US-led and a weak coalition in 2017. Iran-Supported forces.
Since then, Iran-United militias have carried out regular attacks on US military and diplomatic installations in Iraq, US and many Iraqi officials say. Iran He denied involvement in the attack.
(Reporting by Iraq Bureau and Dubai Bureau; Additional report by Yasmin Hussein and Ahmed Tolba in Cairo and Phil Stewart of Washington, Ari Rabinovich in Jerusalem; Writing by Amina Ismail and John Davison in Irbil, Baghdad;
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