Iran’s Revolutionary Guards assert responsibility for a lethal assault that they allege was directed towards an Israeli facility in Iraq.

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Late Monday, Iran launched missiles at what they claimed were Israeli “spy headquarters” near the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, Iraq and at targets related to the extremist group Islamic State in northern Syria.

According to the security council of the Kurdish regional government, four civilians were killed and six were injured in the missile attacks near the consulate in Erbil, which is located in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

In a statement, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) declared that they had targeted a Mossad headquarters in the Kurdish region of Iraq and had also fired ballistic missiles at “terrorist operations,” including Islamic State targets, in Syria, destroying them.

Israel has not yet acknowledged the attack in Erbil, and its embassy in Washington did not respond to the Iranian allegation regarding Mossad.

Iraqi Kurdish Prime Minister Masrour Barzani condemned the strikes, describing them as a “crime against the Kurdish people,” resulting in the death of at least four civilians and injuring six. Barzani rejected the Iranian allegations of an Israeli espionage base as groundless.

In response to the attacks, Iraq recalled its ambassador from Tehran, according to a statement by the country’s foreign ministry.

The missile strikes occurred during a period of heightened tensions in the region, with concerns of the ongoing conflict in Gaza spreading wider. Iranian-backed militias in Iraq have recently launched several drone attacks on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for U.S. support of Israel, and with the aim of forcing U.S. troops to leave the region.

The United States strongly condemned Iran’s missile strikes in Erbil, while France labeled the attack as a “blatant, unacceptable and concerning violation” of Iraqi security.

The full extent of the damage caused by the strikes is yet to be independently assessed, although an Iraqi security official reported that Erbil was targeted with several ballistic missiles.

The paramilitary IRGC, established after Iran’s revolution in 1979, is regarded as a terrorist organization by a few Western countries, including the U.S. Canada currently considers the IRGC’s Quds Force as a terrorist entity.

In January 2020, the IRGC mistakenly shot down a commercial plane, resulting in the deaths of 176 individuals, including 55 Canadian citizens. The attack was carried out in retaliation for the U.S.-ordered drone strike that killed Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Other regional political figures also confirmed Dizayi’s death.

In 2022, Iran claimed responsibility for a missile barrage in the same area near the U.S. Consulate complex in Erbil, citing retaliation for an Israeli strike in Syria that killed two members of the Revolutionary Guard.

The strike in northern Syria on Monday came after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings earlier this month, targeting a commemoration for an Iranian general who was killed in a 2020 U.S. drone strike. The attack in Kerman resulted in the deaths of at least 84 people and wounded an additional 284 individuals attending a ceremony honoring Soleimani.

Last month, Iran accused Israel of conducting an airstrike in a Damascus neighborhood that killed a high-ranking Iranian general, Seyed Razi Mousavi.

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