U.S. outraged by rocket attack in Iraq while Iran rejects accusation
The missile attack killed a foreign civilian contractor and injured several people, including a US military
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken expressed outrage at the missile attack in Iraqi Kurdistan, which led to human casualties.
In a statement, Blinken indicated that initial reports indicate that one civilian contractor was killed and several coalition members were injured, including one American soldier and several contractors..
“We are outraged by today’s rocket fire in Iraqi Kurdistan,” said the secretary of state..
“We offer our condolences to the loved ones of the civilian contractor killed in this attack, as well as to the innocent Iraqis and their families suffering from these ruthless acts of violence,” he added. “I contacted Kurdistan Regional Prime Minister Masrour Barzani to discuss this incident and to declare our support for any efforts to investigate and bring those responsible to justice.”.
Coalition officials led by the United States and the authorities of the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan reported that a missile strike on Monday evening near Erbil airport and a nearby military base where US troops are stationed killed one foreign civilian contractor and wounded at least nine people, including one American serviceman.
The Sarayya Awliya al-Dam group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Neither the coalition nor the Kurdistan government has provided details of the identity of the deceased foreign contractor.
Iraqi President Barham Saleh calls attack “dangerous escalation and criminal terrorist attack”.
Barzani condemned the attack “in the strongest possible”, AFP reported.
Coalition officials said they did not know if the military base where the US military is stationed was the target of the attack..
The Kurdish Regional Government’s Interior Ministry said at least three rockets fell near the complex where the base and the city’s airport are located..
One rocket landed in a residential area near the Chinese consulate, officials said. Another fell in an animal market.
The Sarayya Awliya al-Dam group, however, stated that its target was the base, explaining its actions by the “American occupation” in Iraq.
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