Pentagon to Present Biden With Retaliation Options After Rocket Attack on US Army Base in Iraq

A barrage of rockets hit the Erbil Air Base in Iraqi Kurdistan on Monday, killing a civilian contractor and injuring nine other people, according to the American coalition in Iraq. A Shiite militant group has reportedly claimed responsibility.

The Pentagon will draw up possible response scenarios for President Joe Biden and his administration in the wake of the rocket attack that struck a US military base in Iraq’s Erbil, killing one civilian contractor and injuring nine others, according to a defence official quoted by Al Arabiya.

Washington is maintaining close contact with Iraqi officials as they investigate the attack.

In the aftermath of the rockets assault, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Iraqi Minister of Defense Jumaah Saadoon on the phone to condemn the attack.

Earlier, the US-led coalition said the killed civilian contractor who was not an American citizen.  

​A little-known Shiite militant group that calls itself Saraya Awliya al-Dam, which translates as “Guardians of Blood Brigade” in Arabic, has claimed responsibility for the attack, and pledged further strikes against “American occupation” forces in Iraq.

According to the US coalition, a total of 14 107 mm rockets were launched on Monday.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed America’s support for investigating the attack, as the State Department issued a joint statement together with foreign ministers from France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom to condemn the…

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