Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) launched targeted missile attacks on alleged “terrorist” targets in Iraq and Syria, escalating tensions in the region. The IRGC aimed to dismantle key strongholds of anti-Iranian elements, including a “spy headquarters” and a gathering of terrorist groups in Arbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region.
The missile strikes were in response to recent terrorist activities, notably a suicide bombing near the tomb of IRGC General Qasem Soleimani in Kerman. The United States condemned Iran’s actions, emphasizing that the missile strikes undermine Iraq’s stability.
The recent violence includes a suicide bombing near General Soleimani’s tomb, claimed by the Islamic State group, resulting in approximately 90 casualties. Iran disclosed that one of the suicide bombers was a Tajik citizen.
In a separate incident, at least 11 Iranian police officers were killed in a jihadist-claimed attack on a police station in Rask, in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan. The responsible group, Jaish al-Adl, is blacklisted by Iran as a “terrorist” organization.
Adding complexity, the IRGC claimed to have struck an alleged Israeli target, destroying Mossad’s spy headquarters in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The targeted headquarters allegedly played a central role in developing espionage operations and planning terrorist actions in the region. The situation underscores the multifaceted challenges and conflicts in the Middle East, with implications for regional stability and security.