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Iran fires 12 missiles at Iraq, US embassy briefly escapes

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At least 12 missiles hit the US consulate in the Iraqi city of Irbil on Sunday. U.S. Defense Department officials say the attack came from neighboring Iran. No casualties were reported in the attack. Iraqi officials initially said multiple missiles had been fired at the U.S. consulate in the Iraqi city of Irbil. Later, the head of Kurdistan’s foreign media office, Lock Gafri, said that none of the missiles had hit the US installation, but had not landed in the vicinity of the compound.

A U.S. Defense Department official said it was not immediately clear how many missiles were fired and where they landed. Another official said no U.S. government office was damaged and that there was no indication that the target was the consulate. Iraqi and US officials said on condition of anonymity that the bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a U.S. military base.

The television channel Kurdistan 24, which has an office near the US Consulate, showed fragments of glass and debris in his office after the attack. An Iranian spokesman has denied that Iran was involved in the attack. Mahmoud Abbasjahed, a spokesman for Iran’s parliamentary committee on national security, said the allegations could not be confirmed.

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“If Iran decides to retaliate … it will be very serious and powerful,” he said in an interview. Iraqi security officials said no casualties were reported. The attacks were carried out shortly after midnight and caused structural damage to the area. Another official said the ballistic missiles were fired from Iran. He said the missiles were fired at Iran-made Fateh-110 and possibly in retaliation for the killing of two revolutionary guards in Syria.

Another U.S. official said in a statement that the United States “condemns the attacks and violence against Iraq’s sovereignty.” U.S. forces stationed at Irbil’s airport complex have been hit by rocket and drone strikes in the past, with U.S. officials blaming the Iran-backed group.

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