TRIBUNNEWS.COM, BAGHDAD – The US Consulate in Iraq was targeted by Iranian missiles.
At least six missiles were fired Sunday at the US consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, with several missiles hitting the building, Iraqi and US security officials said. A US official said the missile was launched from neighboring Iran.
Iraqi security forces say at least six missiles have targeted the US consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, with several hitting the building.
Initial reports, as quoted by ABC News, indicated there were no US military casualties, a senior US defense official said.
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The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because information was still coming in, said it was still unclear how many were fired and where exactly they landed. It is also not clear if there were other victims.
Iraqi security officials said there were no immediate reports of casualties from the attack, which occurred shortly after midnight and caused material damage in the area. They spoke on condition of anonymity according to regulations.
One of the officials said the ballistic missiles were fired from Iran, without elaborating.
The attack came days after an Israeli strike near Damascus, Syria killed two members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Iran’s foreign ministry strongly condemned Wednesday’s attack and vowed revenge.
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On Sunday, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency quoted Iraqi media as acknowledging the attack in Irbil, without saying where it came from.
Satellite broadcast channel Kurdistan24, which is located near the US consulate, broadcast from their studio shortly after the attack, showing broken glass and debris on their studio floor.
A security statement said Irbil was targeted “with a number of missiles” early Sunday, adding that security forces were investigating the incident and would release more details later.
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The attack came as negotiations in Vienna over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal reached a “pause” over Russia’s demands for sanctions targeting Moscow over its war on Ukraine.