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Iran missile attack on Erbil goes beyond retaliation for IRGC deaths

The attack early Sunday could also be related to both the now stalled Iran nuclear talks and Iraqi government formation.
A picture taken on March 13, 2022, shows a view of the damaged studio at the Kurdistan 24 TV building, after an overnight attack in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region.

Iran’s brazen ballistic missile attack on Erbil in the early hours of Sunday is a further chilling reminder of the continued vulnerability of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, seen as easy prey by its large and aggressive neighbors, Turkey and Iran.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) claimed responsibility for the dozen or so missiles which fell at 1 am local time on Sunday near the site of the new US consulate on the outskirts of Erbil. No deaths were reported, though several buildings, including the headquarters of the local news organization Kurdistan 24, were damaged in the strike. A farm belonging to Sheikh Baz Karim Barznji, CEO of the Iraqi Kurdish oil company KAR group, was also affected, with windows shattering from the impact.

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