US officials confirm Israeli strike in Iraq

Iraqi authorities are investigating the massive munitions depot explosion near Baghdad which happened on Aug 21. (File/AP)
Updated 23 August 2019

US officials confirm Israeli strike in Iraq

  • Two unanimous US officials said the Israeli attack killed two Iranian military commanders
  • New York Times reported that Israel bombed an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month

JERUSALEM: US officials confirm Israel was responsible for the bombing of an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month.
The confirmation comes as Israel’s prime minister is strongly hinting his country is behind recent airstrikes in Iraq.
Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview Thursday: “I don’t give Iran immunity anywhere.”
Two American officials said Israel carried out a July attack on a weapons depot that also killed two Iranian military commanders.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter with reporters.
Early Friday, the New York Times, citing Israeli and US officials, reported Israel bombed an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month.
Striking in Iraq would mark an escalation in Israel’s campaign against Iranian military entrenchment across the region.


Chlorine gas leak at plant sickens 70 in southeast Iran

Updated 04 July 2020

Chlorine gas leak at plant sickens 70 in southeast Iran

  • Most of the workers at the Karun petrochemical center in the city of Mahshahr in southeast Khuzestan province were released after undergoing medical treatment
  • Meanwhile, in the city of Ahvaz, also in Khuzestan, a fire at the Zergan power plant was ignited when a transformer exploded

TEHRAN, Iran: A chlorine gas leak at a petrochemical center in southeast Iran sickened 70 workers, state-run IRNA news agency reported Saturday.
Most of the workers at the Karun petrochemical center in the city of Mahshahr in southeast Khuzestan province were released after undergoing medical treatment.
Meanwhile, in the city of Ahvaz, also in Khuzestan, a fire at the Zergan power plant was ignited when a transformer exploded, IRNA reported Saturday.
The blaze was contained by firefighters after two hours of battling the blaze.
Mohammad Hafezi, the power plant’s health and safety manager, told IRNA the cause of the fire was under investigation.
The two incidents in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan come after a fire and explosion at a centrifuge production plant above Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility early Thursday.
Officials said the cause of the fire at Natanz is known to officials, but won’t be immediately released for “security reasons.”
On Tuesday, an explosion from a gas leak in a medical clinic in northern Tehran killed 19 people.