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After nuclear talks break down, Iran claims ballistic missile attack in Iraq

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Washington Post

After nuclear talks break down, Iran claims ballistic missile attack in Iraq

BAGHDAD — Iran claimed responsibility Sunday for a barrage of ballistic missiles that hit northern Iraq just after midnight, striking several kilometers from a U.S. compound and drawing sharp condemnation from the Iraqi and U.S. capitals.

The semiofficial Fars news agency said that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps had launched “powerful missiles” in response to what it described as “recent crimes of the fake Zionist regime,” an apparent reference to the killing of two of its members last week in Syria, which it has blamed on Israel.

The attack marked a significant escalation in the proxy and political conflicts playing out on Iraqi soil as talks between Iran and the United States to resurrect a nuclear deal shattered by President Donald Trump now stall as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Landing at 1:30 a.m. local time, the strikes lit up the night sky and sent booms rolling through the Kurdish region’s capital, Irbil. Kurdish authorities said they counted 12 missiles that caused damage to buildings and cars, but no casualties.

One landed several kilometers from a new and sprawling U.S. Consulate compound that remains under construction, officials said. Another landed close to the Kurdistan24 television news channel. A newsroom was damaged and a television studio carpeted in shattered glass, photographs showed.

Full story https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/03/12/irbil-attack-iraq/

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