IRAN’S Revolutionary Guards bombarded Israel’s so-called “spy headquarters” in Iraq with ballistic missiles aimed near the US consulate.

The warped terrorist army claimed responsibility for the brazen ambush which killed four, injured six others and sparked fury over the concerning escalation.

The moment a ballistic missile landed, causing a huge explosion
The moment a ballistic missile landed, causing a huge explosion
Emergency services dig through rubble after missiles were aimed near the US consulate in Iraq
Emergency services dig through rubble after missiles were aimed near the US consulate in Iraq
Smoke rises after the missile attack by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards
Smoke rises after the missile attack by Iran’s Revolutionary GuardsCredit: Reuters
A destroyed building after Monday's strike
A destroyed building after Monday’s strike
Police and soldiers swarm the area after multiple explosions
Police and soldiers swarm the area after multiple explosionsCredit: Getty
Rising tensions in the Middle East have sparked fears of an all-out war
Rising tensions in the Middle East have sparked fears of an all-out war

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said in a statement on Monday that missiles were used to destroy the “spy headquarters” of Israel in Iraq, targeting “anti-Iranian terrorist groups” amid rising tensions in the Middle East.

Chilling video showed the moment a huge blaze engulfed the sky above Erbil, the Kurdish region of Iraq, where the rockets landed.

The IRGC claimed to have hit the HQ of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, close to the US consulate.

They also claimed to have blasted “terrorist operations” in Syria, destroying them.

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Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani brazenly claimed that Tehran was exercising it’s “legal right to deter national security threats” in the fatal ambush.

“After the enemy miscalculated by targeting the Islamic Republic, Iran retaliated with its high intelligence capability in a precise and targeted operation against the culprits’ headquarters,” Kanaani said.

Iraq slammed the attacks today and said it would rail against Iran with all possible legal measures, including with a complaint to the UN security council.

The war between Israel and Hamas following from the October 7 massacre has seen Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon dragged into fighting in the Middle East.

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And Iran’s terror proxies including Hezbollah and the Houthis have gone up against Israel, the US and UK as fears of an all-out war in the region grow.

The US slammed Iran’s ambush and an official told AP they were “reckless and imprecise”.

But the official added that no American facilities or civilians were hit in the attack.

Haunting pictures showed huge piles of rubble left behind by Monday’s strikes, with emergency workers digging through to look for survivors.

Huge clouds of smoke filled the skyline after the evening ambush and streets were filled with police, ambulances and soldiers.

The IRGC vowed to continue its attacks which it claimed were a response to the “recent evil acts of the Zionist regime in martyring IRGC and resistance commanders”.

They said in a chilling warning: “We assure our nation that the Guards’ offensive operations will continue until avenging the last drops of martyrs’ blood.”

It comes after high profile Iranian general Razi Mousavi was recently killed in Syria and two Hamas and Hezbollah commanders were also taken out – both with close links to Tehran.

And the US and the UK struck Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen last week in an attempt to weaken the terror proxy’s strongholds.

Houthi rebels then targeted an American warship in the Red Sea on Sunday in response – failing to hit the ship with an anti-cruise missile.

Israeli strikes have hit Lebanon as well, killing over 130 Hezbollah fighters including some key commanders.

And almost 20 further Hezbollah militants have been killed by strikes in Syria.

Two members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard were killed during an Israeli strike in Syria just weeks ago.

And after a senior Iranian general was eliminated by an IDF hit, Tehran vowed to seek revenge, swearing that Israel “will certainly pay for this crime”.

Just days ago a suspected US drone strike killed an Iran-backed militia commander in Iraq, Abu Taqwa Al-Saedi, who had masterminded recent attacks on American troops stationed in the region.

The drone reportedly fired two rockets at a building in Bagdad, Iraq’s capital and Iraqi officials slammed the attack – vowing retaliation.

But the US strike came after Iranian-backed militias working in the area decided to carry out more than 100 attacks on bases housing US troops in both Iraq and Syria.

The United States has 900 troops deployed in Syria and 2,500 in Iraq to prevent a resurgence of Islamic State militants.

Iran also vowed revenge after a double bomb attack that left over 100 civilians dead during a memorial parade for infamous Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

In December British fighter jets were said to be looking at the transfer of suspected rockets and missiles from Iraq and Syria into the hands of Iran’s various proxy forces to be used against Israel.

Smoke rises over Iraq's skyline after the strikes
Smoke rises over Iraq’s skyline after the strikesCredit: Reuters
Security officials lined the roads under heavy smoke after the blasts
Security officials lined the roads under heavy smoke after the blastsCredit: Getty
Emergency services search through the rubble
Emergency services search through the rubbleCredit: Getty
A drone fired two rockets at a building used by a militia group in Baghdad, Iraq's capital, days ago
A drone fired two rockets at a building used by a militia group in Baghdad, Iraq’s capital, days agoCredit: Twitter
Iranian protesters burn an Israeli flag at a recent anti-Israel rally
Iranian protesters burn an Israeli flag at a recent anti-Israel rallyCredit: Getty

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