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Amid increasing regional tension, Iran fired missiles at northern Iraq and Syria, four killed in the attack.

Erbil. Iran struck an “espionage headquarters and a gathering place of anti-Iran terrorist groups” shortly after missile attacks on an area near the US Consulate in Erbil. Iran gave this information on Monday. The Kurdish regional government’s Security Council said in a statement that four civilians were killed and six were injured in the attacks.

One of the attacks killed prominent local businessman Peshra Dizai and his family members, according to a post shared on social media platform X by former Iraqi MP Mashan al-Jabouri. He said a missile fell on Dizai’s “palace which is next door to my house.” Several other regional political figures in Iraq also confirmed Dizai’s death.

Soon after, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said in a statement carried by state media that it attacked “terrorist activities” including Islamic State targets in Syria and destroyed them by firing multiple ballistic missiles. Another statement claimed that it attacked the headquarters of Israeli intelligence agency Mossad in the Kurdish region of Iraq.

The Islamic State terrorist organization claimed responsibility earlier this month for two suicide bombings targeting an event commemorating an Iranian general killed in a 2020 US drone strike. At least 84 people were killed and 284 others were injured in the attack on a ceremony held in honor of Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani. Iran has accused Israel of killing Seyed Razi Mousavi, a high-ranking Iranian general, in an airstrike in a Damascus neighborhood.

A US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the US monitored the missiles that fell in northern Iraq and northern Syria and that no US facilities were affected or damaged in these strikes. Iran claimed responsibility for a missile attack near the US Consulate complex in Erbil in 2022, saying the attack was in retaliation for an Israeli attack in Syria that killed two members of its Revolutionary Guard.

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