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Iraq: rocket assault in Erbil kills contractor, injures US serviceman

A rocket assault in northern Iraq killed a contractor and injured a US service member on Monday within the deadliest assault in almost a 12 months.

The rockets struck in and close to a navy air base occupied by the US-led coalition at Erbil Worldwide Airport.

Two US officers mentioned the contractor who was killed was not American. The coalition mentioned 5 different contractors have been injured, with out giving particulars.

The assault, claimed by a little-known group that some Iraqi officers say has ties to Iran, escalates stress within the Center East as Washington and Tehran discover a possible return to the Iran nuclear deal.

A bunch calling themselves Saraya Awliya al-Dam claimed duty for the assault on the US-led base, claiming it was concentrating on “the US occupation” in Iraq. He has supplied no proof of his declare to be behind the assault.

Armed teams aligned with Iran in Iraq and Yemen have launched assaults in opposition to the USA and its Arab allies in current weeks, together with a drone assault on a Saudi airport and rockets in opposition to the American embassy in Baghdad.

Many of the incidents resulted in no casualties, however saved strain on US troops and US allies within the area early in Joe Biden’s presidency.

Biden’s administration is contemplating a return to the Iran nuclear deal, which his predecessor Donald Trump deserted in 2018, which aimed to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned Monday night that the USA was “outraged” by the assault.

In a press release, Blinken mentioned he had contacted the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Authorities, Masrour Barzani, “to debate the incident and to pledge our help for all efforts to analyze and maintain these accountable to account.”

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