On Saturday, multiple rockets struck a US Army base in Erbil, Iraq, according to reports.
Videos reportedly from the scene immediately began circulating on social media showing multiple large explosions in the area.
The attack was confirmed by US officials, who reported there were no casualties. Officials are now looking into the matter with the government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government, according to Axios.
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Another video of the explosions that occurred in Erbil. pic.twitter.com/hm1dBotKUr
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The health minister of Kurdistan stated that there were civilian no injuries or deaths reported in the attack, and Erbil’s Governor Omed Khoshnaw confirmed that “at least five ‘Iranian-produced ballistic missiles'” struck the city in the dead of night, according to the Daily Mail.
At least five ‘Iranian-produced ballistic missiles’ hit the city in the early hours of Sunday, Governor Omed Khoshnaw confirmed.
He said it was not clear whether the missiles were targeting the American consulate at the site, or the airport in the city.
The missile attack comes as Biden’s negotiations over the Iran nuclear deal have stalled as both sides struggle with the current situation unfolding in Ukraine.
Although the rockets came from Iran, no group has taken responsibility for the attack as of yet, it is unclear what effect, if any, it will have on negotiations.
From the Jerusalem Post:
No party has taken responsibility for the missile fire as of yet. Iran has threatened retaliation in recent days for the deaths of two Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) officers in an alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria last week.
Iran-backed militias reportedly targeted the Al-Tanf base, where US forces are housed, in October in retaliation for an alleged Israeli airstrikes which targeted Iranian-backed forces in Syria last year.
The Biden administration announced this week they would start importing oil from Iran.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.