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Iranian Missile Targets US Consulate in Erbil, Iraq, Heard 5 Explosions

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TRIBUNNEWS.COM, BAGHDAD – A number of missiles were fired at the US consulate in Erbil, northwest Iraq on Saturday (12/3/2022) evening local time.

This was reported by the Iraqi News Agency (INA).

The governor of Erbil, Omed Khoshnaw, said several missiles had fallen in the area.

But it was not clear whether the target was the US consulate or the city’s airport.

According to INA, five explosions were heard in the attack.

Quoted from The Jerusalem PostKurdistan’s health minister said no injuries or deaths were reported in the attack on Saturday night.

A US official told Reuters late Saturday there were no US military casualties in the attack.

An independent open source intelligence account (OSINT) shared videos reportedly shared by Iranian civilians showing missiles being fired from Iran at the time of the attack, with at least one video geolocated to a site in Khasabad in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province.

Videos shared on social media reportedly from the scene showed several large explosions in the area.

Read also: Iranian Missiles Hit US Consulate in Iraq, No Military Casualties

Iraqi Shia cleric and politician Muqtada al-Sadr responded with anger to the missile attack, tweeting shortly after, “By Allah, Irbil is under the fire of loss and betrayal, and under the pain of hunger, as if the Kurds were being slaughtered, not the Iraqis. Rather, they are the lungs of Iraq and an integral part of it.”

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