News ID: 320638
Published: 0256 GMT March 15, 2022

Iran’s strike killed three Israeli agents: Report

Iran’s strike killed three Israeli agents: Report
AFP

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Irans missile strike at an Israeli center in northern Iraq killed three operatives and wounded seven others, a report said. 

The Cradle, citing a senior Iranian security source, said 12 Fateh missiles launched by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) struck a secret Israeli Mossad compound in Erbil at around 1:20 a.m. on Sunday.

The operation has so far killed three people, two of them senior officers, and estimates show seven wounded, some of whom are probably in critical condition,” the unidentified source stated.

The source said an air ambulance was requested from the German city of Stuttgart shortly after Sundays attack, but the ambulance landed in Qatar due to security concerns., Press TV reported.

US troops reportedly used a C130 aircraft to transport the dead and wounded to the ambulance.

This operation sends a message to all countries in the region that Iran is sensitive to the Israeli regimes activities near its borders and does not tolerate it,” the source is quoted as saying.

The strike took place at a symbolic hour when the resistance commanders were assassinated,” the source noted, referring to the assassination of Irans Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and his Iraqi comrade Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis on 3 January 2020.

According to the source, the operation was in retaliation to an Israeli attack on an IRGC-operated drone base in the Mahidasht district of Kermanshah in western Iran on February 14.

Fortunately, we did not have any casualties, but once the source of this [Israeli] attack was identified as originating from Iraq, [Sundays] operation was put on the agenda,” he added.

The source refuted media reports that the missile attack came in response to an Israeli airstrike near the Syrian capital of Damascus that killed two IRGC officers earlier this month, noting that Tehran has reserved the right to retaliate for that incident at a later date.

The Iranian security source described the Mossad base in Erbil as unofficial and hidden – in the form of two villas that had a normal appearance.”

The structure of these two villas had two roofs that completely protected it from 240mm missiles. An explosion-proof engineering roof under a shock-absorbing roof that had two layers under the gable roof,” he said, adding that photos taken after the attack proved the Iranian assessment as the building maintained its structural integrity despite being hit by over 10 missiles.

This facility was a place of entertainment for the [Israeli] regimes officers and cyber-electronic staff based in the region, so there was not much traffic during the week, and we mostly saw their presence on the weekends,” he hastened to add.

At the time of Sundays missile attack, more than 10 people had entered the facility”, the source said.

He noted that the operation took place after Tehran had warned Iraqi officials, in two official meetings, that their territory was being used as a launchpad for hostile attacks on Iran.

Irans Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh in his Monday's presser also said Tehran had warned Iraqi authorities in the past against allowing its territory to be used by third parties against Iran.

After claiming responsibility for the strike on Sunday, IRGC said it targeted Israel's "strategic center of conspiracies" in Erbil, the capital of Iraqs semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

IRGC warned Israel that it will face a "harsh, decisive and destructive response" if strikes against Iranians continue.

 

Strike necessary

The Iranian ambassador to Iraq said the missile strike on the Israeli center was strictly necessary, as operations against Iran's security were being plotted and orchestrated there.

Iraj Masjedi told an international conference in Iraq's holy city of Karbala on Monday that Israeli operatives used the Iraqi Kurdistan region to plot and launch operations against Irans security, emphasizing that Iranian officials had time and again warned Kurdish authorities against their activities, but to no avail.

Masjedi highlighted that the missile attack was carried out in order to safeguard Irans security, "and was neither intended to violate Iraqs sovereignty nor was meant to insult the Arab country and its nation."

We expect you to force Israelis out of Iraqi soil and get rid of them,” Masjedi addressed Kurdish officials, adding, However, if they are not expelled, will we stand by with our hands tied behind us to [allow them] carry out operations against our security? Definitely not."

The Iranian ambassador emphasized that the attack was aimed at Israel's training centers and did not target Americans or the Iraqis.

Some media outlets have asserted that we targeted the US Consulate. I'm surprised by such allegations. It is true that a conflict has been going on between us and the United States for 40 years, but the recent operation was not against them. It was an operation against an Israeli base, where plots against our security were being hatched,” Masjedi said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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