As many as a dozen Iran-launched ballistic missiles were launched early Sunday morning at the US consulate in Erbil, capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, officials said.
Although no casualties were reported, Iraqi and US officials gave mixed accounts of the attack, which also damaged the office building of a Kurdish news agency.
A spokesman for the US State Department said The Associated Press The strike was an “enormous attack on Iraqi sovereignty and a demonstration of violence”.
The official said on condition of anonymity that no Americans were injured and that there was no damage to the new government consulate building in Erbil, which is currently unoccupied.
Iraqi officials have claimed that up to 12 missiles launched from Iran hit the consulate and caused material damage.
The attack is being investigated by the Iraqi government and the Kurdish regional government. Iraqi officials claimed the missiles were fired by Iran, without elaborating. US officials could not confirm what type of missiles were fired.
The attack comes days after an Israeli airstrike killed two members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard near Damascus, Syria. Iran’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the attack on Wednesday and vowed revenge.
Iran’s state news agency IRNA, citing Iraqi media, confirmed the attacks in Erbil but did not say where the rockets came from.
Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top US commander in the Middle East, told the AP in December that while the remaining US forces in Iraq have a non-combat advisory role, Iran and Iran-backed militias are still eliminating all American troops want to get out of the Iraq region and said he expects further attacks.
President Joe Biden ended combat operations in Iraq on December 31, but US forces continue to provide air support and other military assistance to Iraq’s fight against ISIS.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington have risen after a US drone strike near Baghdad airport slain top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and six others. In retaliation, Iran fired missiles at al-Asad airbase, where US troops were stationed. Over 100 military personnel suffered traumatic brain injuries in the blasts.
Many officials believe that Iran-backed Shia militias were behind the attempted assassination of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi with armed drones descended on his Baghdad home Nov.
Iran has also been blamed for a drone attack on the US military outpost in southern Syria in October. No American was injured or killed.
With postal wires
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