The Revolutionary Guards of Iran unleashed ballistic missiles on Monday against “anti-Iran terror groups” in Syria and what they claimed to be a spy station for Israel’s intelligence service, Mossad, in northern Iraq. This is the latest in a string of skirmishes that could potentially escalate into a larger regional battle.
The United States denounced the strikes as “reckless” and ill-defined.
Iranian forces claimed that in retaliation for what they claimed were Israeli attacks that claimed the lives of Iranian resistance front members and leaders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, a late-night rocket strike in Iraq destroyed one of the main espionage offices of Israel in Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) claimed in a statement on Monday that this headquarters has served as the focal point for creating espionage activities and organizing terrorist attacks in the area and into Iran. The office of Israel’s prime minister has been contacted by the News Channel to inquire about the IRGC’s allegation.
The IRGC also declared that it had targeted the sites of Iranian opposition groups, claiming to have struck multiple spots in Erbil.
There are no Mossad-affiliated centers in Erbil, according to Iraq’s Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, who made this announcement to the media on Tuesday. He declared that the strikes constituted a “violation of international law” and threatened to lodge a complaint with the UN Security Council.
Iran cannot or does not want to strike Israel. Iraqis are “paying the price” for Iran’s problems with Israel, Hussein continued, adding that “they search for people around them, and so they attack Erbil.
A statement released early on Tuesday by the Security Council of the Kurdistan region stated that the strike resulted in the deaths of at least four civilians and the injuries of six more.
According to a news journalist in the area, a prominent Kurdish businessman’s enormous villa was also destroyed. Unverified accounts of casualties were made at the residential property; however, it is unclear if the structure was the intended target.
The Security Council stated in a statement that Iran was using trumped-up excuses to attack Erbil, a traditionally stable area that it said had never threatened any side, and that this flagrant breach threatened the sovereignty of both Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.
Moreover, the IRGC reported on Monday that it had launched ballistic missiles on the bases of “anti-Iran terrorist organizations in the occupied areas of Syria.”
It stated that the objectives were part of the recent twin bombings that occurred in Kerman, Iran, during a memorial service for Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, and resulted in numerous casualties.
The devastating twin explosions, which occurred close to Soleimani’s grave and were the bloodiest strike on Iranian soil since the 1979 revolution, were attributed to ISIS.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said in a statement that it had used many ballistic missile launches to identify and eliminate several major terrorist leaders and groups, including Daesh (ISIS), in the occupied regions of Syria.
Reports of Iran’s Missile Attacks
Initial reports of missile attacks, according to a US official on Monday, indicated that these were an indiscriminate and careless series of strikes.
We followed the missiles that struck areas of northern Syria and Iraq after seeing the news. The official stated that neither US workers nor facilities were targeted.
With an emphasis on ISIS, Iran claims this is in retaliation for terrorist assaults that occurred in Kerman and Rask. We’ll keep evaluating the circumstances.
CNN was informed by an unidentified US State Department spokesman that neither the “US Consulate Erbil nor the New Consulate Compound under construction” was harmed by the strikes.
They claimed that “no American workers suffered injuries.”
Masrour Barzani, the prime minister of the Kurdistan region, urged our allies in the world community to speak up against the ongoing attacks against the Kurdish people.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps stormed Erbil earlier this evening. Tragically, Barzani added in a statement, numerous civilians have been killed and injured in tonight’s senseless attack. I vehemently denounce this despicable assault on the people of the Kurdistan region.