The Covert War Between Israel and Iran Rises to the Surface

Iran’s missile attack last weekend sheds light on America’s role in the escalating conflict that Israel refers to as the “war between wars.”

A damaged mansion following an Iranian missile attack in Erbil, Iraq on March 13, 2022. SAFIN HAMED/AFP via Getty Images.

A damaged mansion following an Iranian missile attack in Erbil, Iraq on March 13, 2022. SAFIN HAMED/AFP via Getty Images.

Observation
March 17 2022
About the author

Jonathan Schanzer, a former terrorism finance analyst at the United States Department of the Treasury, is senior vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is author of the new book Gaza Conflict 2021: Hamas, Israel and Eleven Days of War (FDD Press). Follow him on Twitter @JSchanzer.

On Sunday, in the early morning hours, Iran launched approximately twelve Fatah 110 ballistic missiles from the environs of Tabriz toward the U.S. consulate in Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan. No casualties were reported, although there was some physical damage to the area. According to a statement by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the attack was intended to strike the “Strategic Center of Zionist Conspiracy and Evil”—apparently shorthand for supposed Israeli assets in northern Iraq.

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