The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella organization of Iran-backed Shia militias, has claimed that it targeted an Israeli “spy center” in Erbil, Kurdistan.
Last March, Iran also claimed that it targeted Israeli spy centers in Erbil during a missile barrage against the city, which landed in residential areas in the vicinity of the United States Consulate complex. The strikes came in apparent revenge for the killings of two IRGC colonels during an Israeli airstrike in Damascus, Syria.
Kurdish officials have consistently denied any presence of Israeli intelligence or military in the region.
This announcement also coincided with another by the group that it has targeted an Israeli settlement in the Golan Heights, marking a first for the conflict.
Since October 17, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq has solely target American forces in Iraq and Syria, but this comes amid the death of IRGC General Razi Mousavi, who was killed during an Israeli airstrike in Damascus on December 25. These two attacks potentially signal a new stage of the Islamic Resistance’s involvement in the conflict and the expansion of targets to include that of Israel.