Iranian Revolutionary Guards claim ballistic missile attacks

Taking responsibility for ballistic missile attacks in Iraq’s northern Kurdish regional capital of Erbil, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, in a statement said it targeted the Israeli “strategic center” in the country.

“Any repetition of attacks by Israel will be met with a harsh, decisive and destructive response,” a statement by the Guard Corps said.

According to Kurdish officials, a dozen ballistic missiles launched from outside Iraq struck the region. Talking to a local broadcaster Rudaw, Erbil governor Omed Khoshnaw said that there was also a terror attack against the US consulate. The missiles caused only material damage and one civilian was injured.

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The US state department spokesperson has called the attack an “outrageous attack.”

Condemning the attack, Prime Minister of northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Masrour Barzani said in a tweet, “Erbil will stand strong against cowardly attacks. I strongly condemn the terrorist attack on Erbil and call on its resilient people to keep calm and follow the guidance of the security services -mb.”

He also urged his United States partners for more support.

Residents of Erbil posted videos online showing several large explosions, and some said the blasts shook their homes.

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