The Iranian military launched a missile attack on the city of Erbil in northern Iraq early on Monday morning, in what was likely an attempt to target US-led coalition forces operating in the area. The primary target of the missile strike was the American consulate in the city, which was damaged but not destroyed. No casualties were reported, but the attack nevertheless caused panic among residents, many of whom rushed to the scene. The attack is the latest example of escalating tensions between the United States and Iran in the wake of Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year.
An Iranian missile attack has destroyed a major oil refinery in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, further exacerbating tensions between the two countries. The attack, which killed at least two people, came just hours after Iran launched rockets at the same refinery in an attempt to assassinate the leader of Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary forces in the area. The complex, which produces 180,000 barrels per day, is the major oil refinery in the region and the second largest in Iraq. The attack came just a day after the U.S. deployed additional troops to the city in order to secure the vital oil infrastructure.