Missiles Strike Near U.S. Embassy in Irbil: Iran Retaliates Against "Spy Headquarters"

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 01/15/2024
Late Monday, missiles struck an upmarket neighborhood near the U.S. embassy in Irbil, the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, and Iran said that it had conducted attacks against a "spy headquarters and the gathering of anti-Iranian terrorist groups" immediately after. There were four civilian casualties and six injuries reported by the security council of the Kurdish regional administration in a statement.

According to a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, by Mashan al-Jabouri, a former Iraqi member of parliament, one of the missiles fell on Peshraw Dizayi's "palace, next to my house, which is under construction on the road to the Salah al-Din resort," killing him and his family.

Following this, the Revolutionary Guards of Iran said on state television that they had launched a missile strike on "terrorist operations" in Syria, specifically targeting Islamic State locations, and had "destroyed them by firing a number of ballistic missiles." According to another report, it had targeted an Israeli intelligence organization's headquarters in Iraq's Kurdish area. The agency is known as Mossad.

An event honoring an Iranian commander killed in a U.S. drone assassination in 2020 was the target of two suicide bombings earlier this month, which the Islamic State terrorist organization claimed credit for. During a ceremony honoring Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, an incident occurred in Kerman, killing at least 84 people and wounding an additional 284.

In an attack on a Damascus suburb last month, Iran accused Israel of murdering Seyed Razi Mousavi, a high-ranking Iranian officer.

An unnamed Iraqi security officer said that "several" ballistic missiles were fired at Irbil. Ten missiles reportedly landed in the vicinity of the U.S. embassy, according to an officer from an Iraqi group closely associated with Iran. The Revolutionary Guards of Iran, he said, were responsible for launching the missiles. Both officials want to remain anonymous.

The assaults did not target or damage any U.S. facilities, according to a U.S. official who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss undisclosed facts.

The attacks occur while regional tensions are at an all-time high due to concerns about a potential broader spillover of the continuing conflict in Gaza.

U.S. bases housing forces in Iraq and Syria have been the target of near-daily drone attacks by militias backed by Iran in Iraq. These groups claim to be launching these attacks in response to Washington's support for Israel and as a means to expel U.S. troops from the region. The war between Israel and Hamas began on October 7.


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