Kurdistan: Shocking images and videos from rocket attack near US consulate in Irbil

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A rocket attack took place in the early hours of Sunday morning at city ​​of Irbilthe capital of the autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq.

No one was injured in the attack, according to local government health minister Shaman Barzani.

The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a rally in the Kurdish region of Irbil in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said in a statement.

Twelve ballistic missiles hit Irbil today at 1 p.m. (local time) targeting the new building of the US consulate and the neighboring residential area, but caused only material damage and the injury of a civilian, the Kurdish Ministry of Interior announced today.

An Iraqi state television correspondent based in Iraq said the missiles were aimed at “secret Israeli bases”.

There is no official responsibility or more information. A State Department spokesman spoke of a “horrific attack” but said no Americans had been injured and no damage had been done to US government facilities in Irbil.

U.S. forces stationed at the Irbil International Airport complex have been attacked in the past by rockets and unmanned aircraft, which U.S. officials have blamed on militias allied with Iraq. However, such attacks have not taken place for several months.

The last time US forces targeted ballistic missiles was in January 2020 – Iranian retaliation for the US-led assassination earlier in the month of military commander Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad airport.

No US personnel were killed in the 2020 attack, but many were injured.

Kurdish officials did not immediately say where the rockets hit. A spokesman for the regional authorities said flights to the city airport had not been suspended.

Irbil residents posted videos on social media depicting large explosions, and some said their homes were shaken by the blasts. Reuters notes that it was not able to verify these videos from an independent source.

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