Washington ‘Reserves Right to Respond’ to Rocket Attack on US Base in Iraq

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A civilian contractor was killed and at least nine other people, including a US soldier, were injured in a rocket attack on a military base used by US forces in the Erbil, Iraq on Monday. The US and its allies almost immediately blamed Iran. Tehran rejected the claims, saying it sees a secure and stable Iraq as key to regional stability.

The United States is investigating the rocket attack on the US base in northern Iraq and reserves the right to retaliate, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said.

“We’re still working through attribution with our Iraqi partners to determine precise attribution for this attack…I will convey that we are outraged by last night’s rocket attack in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region,” Psaki said at a briefing in Washington Tuesday.

For his part, State Department spokesman Ned Price said at his own briefing the US was “supporting our Iraqi partners in their efforts to investigate these attacks, whether they were conducted by Iran, whether they were conducted by Iranian-backed militia forces or elements of such forces; we’re not going to prejudge that.”

Price emphasised that any “response” would be carried out “in coordination with our Iraqi partners,” and that it was “a matter of Iraqi sovereignty”.

Base Attack

A barrage of rockets fell near the Erbil international Airport in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan on Monday, with at least three of the rockets landing…

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