Iran claims missile barrage near empty US consulate

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claimed responsibility for a dozen ballistic missiles that struck Iraq’s northern Kurdish regional capital of Erbil in the early hours of Sunday, Iran’s state media reported, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The missile attack comes as talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal face the prospect of collapse. A last-minute Russian demand forced world powers to pause negotiations for an undetermined time, despite having a largely completed text.

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The missiles, which targeted a US consulate’s building that is new and unoccupied, caused only material damage and one civilian was injured, the Kurdish interior ministry said. An Iraqi security official told Reuters that the missiles were made in Iran.

A State Department spokesperson tells Axios: “There is no damage or casualties at any US Government facility. The incident is being investigated by the Iraqi government and the Kurdish Regional Government … We condemn this outrageous attack and display of violence.”

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