Tehran (The Times Groupe)- Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has shelled an area in Erbil, in neighbouring Iraq, attacking positions it says are held by “terrorist groups”.
The FTO-IRGC ground forces launched artillery fire on Iraq‘s northern Kurdish region’s capital early on Wednesday, according to the IRGC-run Tasnim news agency.
No casualties have been reported in the shelling.
In a statement on its website, the IRGC said that its ground forces had dismantled a “terrorist team” inside Iran a day earlier, and that five of the members had been arrested in Baneh near Iran’s western border with Iraq.
The IRGC ground forces targeted their bases in northern Iraq, the report said, based on the IRGC members’ confessions about plans to engage in “sabotage” operations in Iran.
Two months earlier, the IRGC also launched ballistic missiles against an Israeli base in Erbil.
In mid-March, the IRGC launched ballistic missiles toward an area in Erbil that it claimed was home to an Israeli “strategic center”. A “harsh, decisive, and destructive response” would also be met with any further attacks by Israel, said the Revolutionary Gaurds.
In an air strike, Israel had killed two members of the IRGC in Syria. Unconfirmed reports also indicated that Israel attacked a base in western Iran, allegedly targeting Iranian drones.
The Iranian foreign ministry also warned that it will not tolerate any security threats emanating from Iraqi soil.
Both the Foreign Minister of Iraq and the Speaker of the Parliament of Iraq, Mohammed al-Halbousi, led separate delegations to Tehran to meet with President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian.
Then-US President Donald Trump designated Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organisation (FTO) in 2019 for its evil behavior.
It was the first time the White House labelled another nation’s military as a terrorist organisation.