Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has taken responsibility for ballistic missile attacks in Iraq’s northern Kurdish regional capital of Erbil, according to Iran’s state media.
The elite forces in a statement released on Sunday said it targeted the Israeli “strategic centre” in the country.
The guards warn that any repetition of attacks by Israel will be met with a harsh, decisive and destructive response.
Israel killed two Iranian members of the IRGC earlier this week in Syria, a close ally of Tehran.
Earlier, Kurdish officials said a dozen ballistic missiles launched from outside Iraq struck the region, with Erbil governor Omed Khoshnaw telling local broadcaster Rudaw that there was a terror attack against the US consulate.
According to the Kurdish interior ministry, the missiles caused only material damage to the new consulate building and injured one civilian.
The US forces stationed at Erbil’s International Airport Complex have in the past come under fire from rocket and drone attacks that US officials blame on Iran-Aligned Armed Groups, but no such attacks have occurred for several months.
The last time ballistic missiles were directed at US forces was in January 2020 – an Iranian retaliation for the US killing earlier that month of its military commander Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad airport.
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