Iran has now claimed responsibility for the major missile strike near the U.S. consulate complex in the Northern Iraqi city of Erbil.
Iran has announced that the attack was in direct retaliation for an Israeli strike in Syria that resulted in the deaths of two Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Whilst the media’s attention has been on the U.S. Consulate which only suffered superficial damage, according to the website of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards the attack was directed at the Israeli “Strategic Centre of Conspiracy” which may be a reference to the U.S. consulate or another facility completely.
With very little information coming out of Israel, Iraq, and the United States it is hard to accurately know what transpired during the missile barrage.
Information from the three governments is very conflicting with only a U.S. defense official stating that the strike was launched from neighboring Iran.
One Iraqi official from Baghdad did initially say that several missiles hit the U.S. facility however the head of Kurdistan’s foreign media office, Lawk Ghafari denied that claim later, saying only areas around the compound were hit.
Tensions are rising in the region with Iran claiming on Saturday that they have uncovered an Israeli spy network in Iran. The Iranian Intelligence Ministry (IRNA) claimed that the spy network was conducting acts of sabotage inside Iran utilising Iranian locals.
The ministry added that those caught “must either die, be injured or surrender to the law” according to IRNA