Deadly rocket attack on US-led military base in Iraq

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was “outraged” by a rocket attack on a U.S.-led military base in northern Iraq that killed one contractor and injured six others – including a U.S. service member on Monday.

Why it matters: Although it is unclear who carried out the attack on the normally peaceful Kurdish city of Erbil, it comes amid heightened tensions over the threat from Iran-backed militias against US targets in Iraq per capita. New York Times.

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  • Militias have previously been accused of previous attacks in Iraq.

Details: A barrage of rockets was fired at residential areas in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, during the attack with a landing near the Chinese consulate, reports NYT.

  • Blinken said the initial reports “show that the attacks killed one civilian entrepreneur and injured several members of the coalition, including a U.S. service member and several U.S. entrepreneurs.”
  • He said he had reached out to the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, “to discuss the incident and give our support to all efforts to investigate and hold those responsible accountable.”

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with more details about the attack.

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