US consulate in Iraq hit by missiles launched from Iran: Reports

Amid continued US-Iran talks in Vienna for a new nuclear deal, rockets launched from Iran landed near the US Consulate General of Erbil late on Saturday night.

The US Defense Department said that as many as twelve missiles were launched at the Northern city from neighboring Iran, The Washington Post reporter

The city of Irbil is Iraq’s capital. There was no damage to any US government facilities, and there were also no indications that the target was the consulate building, which is new and currently unoccupied. The report further states that while they found evidence of chemical weapons usage in several locations across Mosul following its recapture from IS – including mortar rounds with a mustard agent payload – it did not find anything at this site or any other US diplomatic facility.

The head of Kurdistan’s foreign media office said none of the missiles hit the US facility but that areas around it were damaged by them. The Iraqi health ministry also informed that there were no casualties as a result of this incident.

The U.S. condemned what it called an “outrageous attack against Iraqi sovereignty and display of violence,” the report said quoting an official.

Iran’s nuclear talks with the United States hit a “pause” on Tuesday after Russia demanded that Washington lift sanctions targeting Moscow over its military actions in Ukraine, a report said.