16 Jan 2024

Iran attacks Israel's 'spy headquarters', Revolutionary Guards said - We took revenge


Iran has said that the Revolutionary Guard has attacked an Israeli 'spy headquarters' in Iraq.

This attack has been carried out in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq. The place where this strike took place is a VIP area, just a short distance away is the American Consulate.

The Security Council of the Kurdish Regional Government has issued a statement saying that four people have died and six have been injured in this attack.

According to Reuters, the Revolutionary Guards have also said that they have also conducted strikes against Islamic State in Syria.

Earlier this month, Islamic State claimed responsibility for two explosions in Iran's southeastern Kerman city that killed nearly 100 people and wounded scores at a memorial for top commander Qassem Soleimani.

These attacks have taken place at a time when the ongoing war between Hamas and Israel is threatening to spread across the region.

The Revolutionary Guard said in its statement: “In response to the recent atrocities of the Jewish regime in which it attacked our guards and murdered our commanders, the Mossad headquarters located in the Kurdish region of Iraq has been destroyed by a ballistic missile."

Last month, Iran said that a top Iranian general, Seyed Razi Mousavi, was killed in an Israeli strike in Damascus.

Iran had vowed revenge for the killing of three members of the Guards in Syria last month, including a senior Guards commander, who had served as military advisers there.

In the Israeli bombing campaigns in Gaza and Lebanon, more than 130 fighters of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah have been killed in hostilities.

"We assure our nation that the Guards' offensive operations will continue until avenging the last drops of martyrs' blood," the Guards' statement said.

US condemned attacks 

The U.S. State Department condemned the attacks near Erbil, calling them "reckless," but officials said no U.S. facilities were targeted and there were no U.S. casualties.

"We tracked the missiles, which impacted in Northern Iraq and Northern Syria. No U.S. personnel or facilities were targeted," Adrienne Watson, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, said in a statement.

"We will continue to assess the situation, but initial indications are that this was a reckless and imprecise set of strikes," she said, adding: "The United States supports the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Iraq."

Iran, which supports Hamas in its war with Israel, accuses the United States of backing what it calls Israeli crimes in Gaza. The U.S. has said it backs Israel in its campaign but has raised concerns about the number of Palestinian civilians killed.

In a statement from his office, Iraqi Kurdish Prime Minister Masrour Barzani condemned the attack on Erbil as a "crime against the Kurdish people."

At least four civilians were killed and six injured in the strikes on Erbil, the Kurdistan government's security council said in a statement, describing the attack as a "crime."

Multimillionaire Kurdish businessman Peshraw Dizayee and several members of his family were among the dead, killed when at least one rocket crashed into their home, Iraqi security and medical sources said.

Iran has in the past carried out strikes in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, saying the area is used as a staging ground for Iranian separatist groups as well as agents of its arch-foe Israel.

Baghdad has tried to address Iranian concerns over separatist groups in the mountainous border region, moving to relocate some members as part of a security agreement reached with Tehran in 2023.

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