BAGHDAD — A civilian contractor turned into as soon as killed and a U.S. service member turned into as soon as injured Monday night when coalition forces in Irbil were stuck by “indirect fire,” U.S. officials acknowledged.
The rocket fire landed attain a navy sinister that hosts coalition forces in the capital of Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish space. Five civilian contractors were injured, tweeted coalition spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto.
A U.S. defense reliable, speaking on the situation of anonymity to describe an evolving review, acknowledged the attack regarded as if it may maybe possibly probably well involve 14 rockets that centered a U.S. facility in the vicinity of the Irbil airport. One U.S. service member suffered a concussion. Four American contractors working with the coalition navy operation were injured and one non-American contractor turned into as soon as injured.
One non-American contractor turned into as soon as killed. Military officials did not bear an instant independent review of who launched the attack, the reliable acknowledged.
Iraqi President Barham Salih called the attack “a terrible escalation and a criminal terrorist attack.”
A minimum of three rockets struck attain the compound that properties the sinister and town’s airport, according to the Interior Ministry of the Kuridsh Regional Govt. One landed in a residential affirm attain the Chinese Consulate, officials acknowledged. One more landed in an animal market. Videos posted to social media regarded as if it may maybe possibly probably well deliver the sinister’s C-RAM defense plan responding to the missiles.
Such attacks increased final year, largely of them targeting Iraq’s central authorities. U.S. and British troopers were killed, but most casualties were members of the Iraqi security forces or civilians. Iraqi and Western officials bear blamed Iran-backed militias.
“The targeting of Irbil, which inflicted casualties, represents a terrible escalation and a criminal terrorist act targeting the national efforts to offer protection to the protection of the country and the protection of electorate,” Salih tweeted. “We don’t bear any different but to firmly toughen our efforts to root out the forces of terror and the makes an are attempting to fall the country into chaos. It’s miles a battle of affirm and sovereignty against terrorism and outlaws.”
Kurdish High Minister Masrour Barzani entreated “all Kurdistanis” to remain serene. He acknowledged he had instructed security services to initiate “a paunchy investigation” and had spoken with Iraqi High Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi “on ways to cooperate and determine the outlaws behind this terror attack.”
A beforehand obscure militia that called itself the Guardians of Blood Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
In a message posted to Telegram, the neighborhood acknowledged it had launched 24 rockets targeting “the American occupation.”
Kurdish sources initially acknowledged the rockets were fired from jap Mosul province, home to militia bases. The governor of Mosul denied that rockets were fired from the affirm. Later, Kurdish counterterrorism officials acknowledged they had situated the rocket launcher.
Irbil International Airport turned into as soon as closed; electorate were entreated to cease away from the affirm. Helicopters may maybe well well furthermore very successfully be heard flying over town Monday night.
Ruby Mellen and Missy Ryan in Washington contributed to this document.