A Downpayment on 1979
According to the Washington Post, the US raided the Iranian consulate in Irbil, northern Iraq, hours after President Bush announced he would crack down on the Islamic Republic's role in Iraqi violence. Iran has protested. US forces were said to have seized computers, documents and detained five persons. The consulate in Irbil isn't the only Iranian consulate in the country. There's another one in Basra, which was recently beseiged by Iraqi Shi'ites upset at operations said to be run out of the Iranian diplomatic mission. This report was run by NewsGD in June of 2006.
Hundreds of followers of an Iraqi Shiite cleric Wednesday stormed the Iranian consulate in Basra, some 550 km south of Baghdad, throwing stones and setting fire at a building in the diplomatic complex. Followers of Ayatollah Mahmoud al-Hassani al-Sarkhi were protesting against the Iranian interference in Iraq's internal affairs and a program shown on Iranian television that accused their cleric leader of being an Israeli agent, media reports from Basra said.
According to the reports, the protesters, chanting slogans against the Iranian satellite channel, climbed the roof of the consulate and raised the Iraqi flag to replace the Iranian flag. The protesters also stoned the consulate complex and rushed into the buildings after a Shiite cleric read a statement before the crowd, demanding apology from the Iranian government.
The US raid was probably very restrained by comparison, as they apparently didn't set the place on fire, unlike the consulate which was stormed by a mob in Basra.