The Revolutionary Guards claimed via Iranian mainstream media to have launched a missile attack against 'terrorist groups' in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan and Idlib in Syria. This is in response to the bloody attack of 3rd January, near the grave of General Qassem Soleimani in Kerman, that left hundreds wounded and dead. The rocket attacks against ISIS in Syria were almost simultaneously followed by that of Iraq. According to the official of Irna news agency, 'The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps announced the destruction of headquarters of anti-Iranian spies and terrorist groups in parts of the region with ballistic missiles'.
Furthermore, the Iraqi operation, has multiple outcomes. Iranian forces have hit Israel's foreign intelligence service, the Mossad, at a time when tensions in the Middle East are soaring high.
Another reason why the Iraqi bombing attracted huge media attention is that several explosions were reported near the US consulate.Eight targets were reportedly hit in Erbil. Five civilians died and several others have been injured in the impact.
Three drones were allegedly shot down near Erbil International Airport. The drone attack disrupted the air traffic control and interrupted the arrival and departure of flights in Erbil. According to the Arab Sky News Channel (based on IRNA), the target of the attack was the US military base located near the airport.
The Iranian reaction must be contextualised in a worsening geopolitical situation, summed up by events like the US-owned merchant ship was hit by a missile off the Yemen’s coast, the rising humanitarian crisis in Palestine and the deteriorating situation in the Red Sea. After tensions in the Red Sea, with the increasing risk of undermining imports to Europe,Qatar suspends gas shipments from the Suez Canal. What will be the next move of the Western powers?
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