The Cradle
Iranian missiles strike secret Mossad bases in Iraq’s Erbil
Iraqi military officials confirmed the attack was launched from outside Iraq
By News Desk - March 13 2022
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File image. Smoke rises from Erbil international airport after it was attacked by missiles in early 2019. (Reuters)

On 13 March, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said it launched targeted missile strikes against Israeli Mossad bases in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

The announcement followed reports by Iraqi media outlets that a numbers of locations in the city were hit by at least 12 guided missiles shortly after midnight.

According to the reports, a number of Mossad agents were killed, while several others sustained serious injuries. The bases were allegedly being used as training centers by the Israeli intelligence agency.

A senior Iranian source told The Cradle today that “the Israelis were using the facility to train saboteurs for attacks against Iran and Iranians.”

Early reports by the Iraqi News Agency (INA) claimed that the missiles targeted the newly built US consulate which is still unoccupied.

Iranian state television, quoting a senior military official, confirmed that the missiles were launched from outside Iraq.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi condemned the attack, promising to investigate it. In a message published on his Twitter account, Al-Kadhimi said that Iraq’s security forces would investigate and “stand firm against any threats towards our people.”

The attack comes just a few days after an Israeli airstrike on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus killed four people, including two members of Iran’s IRGC. In a statement issued shortly after the attack, the IRGC vowed to avenge the killing of the two officers.

In early 2020, the Iranian military fired a barrage of missiles at two US military bases in Iraq, one of these located at Erbil’s international airport, in retaliation for the assassination of IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani and the Deputy Commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

In September 2021, the Cradle revealed in an exclusive report that the Resistance Axis had killed two senior US and Israeli commanders in a military operation in Erbil in retaliation for the assassination of the two senior commanders.