Iran launched 12 ballistic missiles near the US embassy building in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region, overnight Sunday.
There were no reports of casualties, according to the US officials. However, an Iraqi official in Baghdad initially claimed that the consulate building had been hit by three missiles.
Later on, Lawk Ghafari, a high official in Kurdistan’s foreign media office confirmed that no missiles hit the consulate building. Iran claimed that the strikes were a reprisal for an Israeli strike in Syria that killed two Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers
According to reports, the missiles launched were FATEH 110 (NP-110), an Iranian road-mobile single-stage solid-fueled surface-to-surface missile produced by Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization.
No further details were revealed immediately besides a video that surfaced online, showing the missiles hitting the Erbil base. According to a few social media sources, the Iranian missiles fell in Erbil at 1:20 a.m. local time, the precise time Qasem Soleimani, the revered leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was assassinated by the Trump administration. Except for the fact that the assassination occurred in January 2020.
The Iraq government which is said to be well connected to both the US and Iran condemned the attacks saying it was an “acute violation of the international norms”. “We condemn this terrorist attack conducted against multiple districts of Erbil, and we call on the population to remain calm,” said Kurdish Prime Minister Masrour Barzani in a statement.
“The strikes were an outrageous violation of Iraq’s sovereignty. No U.S. facilities were damaged or personnel injured, and we have no indications the attack was directed at the United States,”- Ned Price, a spokesperson for the State Department, told reporters in Washington.
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