US facilities struck
Erbil the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region of Iraq was hit by suspected Iranian Fateh 110 missiles early Sunday according to local officials and news agencies.
“Twelve ballistic missiles were launched from outside Iraq to target Erbil,” the state news agency quoted the Directorate General of Counter Terrorism in the Kurdistan region as saying.
There are also reports suggesting that Washington’s new consulate building and two advanced training centres run by Israeli spy agency, MOSSAD, in Erbil were targeted in the missile attack.
US officials insist that the attacks caused no casualties. A US State Department spokesperson called it an “outrageous attack” but said no Americans were hurt and there was no damage to US government facilities in Erbil.
Eye witnesses say a fire was reported at the airbase housing the American troops in Erbil while sirens went off at the US consulate.
Sunday’s attack marks another notch in the long campaign of attacks against US facilities in Iraq.
US forces stationed at Erbil’s international airport complex have come under frequent attacks carried out by missiles and drones, but no such attacks had occurred for several months.
In September 2021, the US base in Erbil came under attack by at least three kamikaze drones as a result of which the area’s sirens went off and smoke was seen billowing out.
Following the January 3, 2020 drone strike authorised by former US president Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport which killed General Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Units, the Iraqi Parliament voted overwhelmingly to kick out foreign troops in Iraq.
Source AP/Iraqi State Media
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