Update (2130ET): Initial reports that missiles ‘struck’ the US Embassy in Erbil, Iraq have been downgraded.
A dozen ballistic missiles launched from outside the country did hit the northern Kurdish regional capital on Sunday – however there were no casualties, and no parties have claimed responsibility.
According to Reuters, a US State Department spokesperson called it an “outrageous attack,” however no Americans were hurt – nor was there any damage to US government facilities in Erbil.
U.S. forces stationed at Erbil’s international airport complex have in the past come under fire from rocket and drone attacks that U.S. officials blame on Iran-aligned militia groups, but no such attacks have occurred for several months. -Reuters
Kurdish officials did not reveal where the missiles struck – however a spokesperson for regional authorities said there were no flight interruptions at Erbil airport, according to the report.
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The US consulate in Erbil, Iraq has been hit with multiple missiles, which has been attributed to Iran in early, yet unconfirmed reports. Sky News Arabia reports that the consulate, located in Kurdistan, was hit. No casualties have been reported, a US official told Reuters.
#erbil #explosion pic.twitter.com/bMffdC9b84
— Rawchi (@Rawchihasan) March 12, 2022
FATAH 110 MISSILES EN ROUTE FROM TABRIZ, IRAN TOWARDS US CONSULATE IN ERBIL IRAQ
— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) March 12, 2022
Fateh 110s impacting Erbil pic.twitter.com/dg3C5lgcCY
— OSINTtechnical (@Osinttechnical) March 12, 2022
According to BBC journalist Shabnam Shabani, “The governor of Erbil, Omed Khoshnaw, stated that multiple missiles fell in the area, saying it was unclear whether the target was the US consulate or the airport in the city. According to INA, five explosions were heard in the attack.”
“The governor of Erbil, Omed Khoshnaw, stated that multiple missiles fell in the area, saying it was unclear whether the target was the US consulate or the airport in the city. According to INA, five explosions were heard in the attack.”
— Shabnam Shabani (@ShabnamShabani) March 12, 2022
BREAKING – Missile attack on Erbil was launched from OUTSIDE Iraq, 12 ballistic missiles fired, Iraqi state media says, quoting anti-terrorism forces in Kurdistan – Reuters
— Phil Stewart (@phildstewart) March 13, 2022
Another journalist, José Miguel Sardo, reports that the Kurdistan News Channel appears to have also been targeted.
#Iraq #Latest Kurdistan News Channel seems to have been one of the targets of tonight’s explosions in #Erbil https://t.co/V1o9iDWwJ8
— José Miguel Sardo (@jmsardo) March 12, 2022
Erbil, Iraq pic.twitter.com/zagwNq2IWQ
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) March 12, 2022
It is being reported right now that a number of missiles were fired towards the US consulate in Erbil in northwestern Iraq on Saturday night.pic.twitter.com/TQwmkWFsKr
— David Yankovich (@DavidYankovich) March 12, 2022
The governor of Erbil, Omed Khoshnaw, stated that multiple missiles fell in the area, saying it was unclear whether the target was the US consulate or the airport in the city. According to INA, five explosions were heard in the attack. –Jerusalem Post
geolocation of a video showing missiles launched from Khasabad https://t.co/vChFIzfNcX https://t.co/gShLvpArI0 pic.twitter.com/iDWucRCdeM
— Samir (@obretix) March 12, 2022
RUMINT that Fateh-110 ballistic missiles were utilized to hit U.S. targets in Erbil, Iraq. Footage is circulating of missiles reportedly over Iran. pic.twitter.com/PIHX1qukJH
— Global: MilitaryInfo (@Global_Mil_Info) March 12, 2022
On Friday we noted that the Iran nuclear talks had been abruptly suspended. As the WSJ wrote at the time; “The Iran nuclear talks broke off Friday with no agreement, imperiling negotiations… After weeks of round-the-clock negotiations in Vienna, the breakoff in talks significantly raises the prospect that efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal may fail.”
And then there’s this;
4 days ago: https://t.co/bG7C1vbbZe
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) March 12, 2022
Previous #IRGC attacks against U.S. targets in #Syria & #Iraq have drawn U.S. retaliation — normally in the form of striking isolated, unmanned #PMU targets.
That minimalist response has rarely deterred #Iran though — and tonight seems far more significant.
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) March 12, 2022
If early reports are confirmed and Iran indeed attacked the US Consulate, we think it’s safe to assume the talks are over. Needless to say, oil is going to have an interesting day on Monday.
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