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Iraq rocket attack kills contractor, wounds U.S. service member

A civilian contractor was killed and five some others had been wounded in a rocket assault Monday at a U.S.-led military foundation in Kurdish northern Iraq that also remaining a U.S. assistance member with a concussion, in accordance to U.S. officials.

The blast in Erbil was the most fatal assault to strike U.S.-led forces in Iraq for pretty much a yr.

The contractor who was killed was not an American, and of the wounded civilians, 4 are from the U.S. and 1 is from Turkey.

“We are outraged by today‚Äôs rocket assault in the Iraqi Kurdistan Area,” U.S. Secretary of Point out Antony Blinken claimed in a assertion Monday night time. “We convey our condolences to the loved types of the civilian contractor killed in this assault, and to the innocent Iraqi people and their family members who are struggling these ruthless acts of violence. I have arrived at out to Kurdistan Regional Authorities Key Minister Masrour Barzani to examine the incident and to pledge our assistance for all efforts to examine and maintain accountable all those dependable.

The central authorities in Baghdad said it was forming a committee with the Kurdistan Regional Government to examine the assault since it believes the rockets had been released from an spot which is not below the handle of the Kurds.

Kurdish protection sources explained at the very least three rockets landed in close proximity to Erbil Worldwide Airport in the autonomous region late at night.

U.S. troops occupy a military foundation adjacent to the civilian airport.

A statement from the Kurdish interior ministry reported a quantity of rockets had been fired toward Erbil and its outskirts all around 9:30 p.m. area time and some individuals ended up wounded, but it available no more aspects.

The final fatal assault to focus on the coalition killed 1 British and two American staff in March.