Iraq attack: US base hit by ‘four rockets’ – kills contractor and wounds US service member

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Initial reports claim 14 rockets were launched with a US base in northern Iraq as target. Of the rockets fired, 4 purportedly hit US base grounds and 10 others landed outside the compound.

The US coalition in Iraq confirmed that among those wounded there was a US service member.

Spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) Col Wayne Marotto gave an update on his Twitter account.

He wrote: “Initial reports that Indirect Fire landed on Coalition Forces in Erbil tonight.

“There was 1 civilian contractor killed, 5 civilian contractors injured and 1 US service member injured. More information to follow.”

Masrour Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, issued a statement condemning the violence.

He added he had ordered the security services to launch a probe into the attack.

Mr Barzani confirmed he had consulted Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi “on ways to cooperate and identify the outlaws behind this terror attack”.

He wrote in a tweet: “I condemn in the strongest terms tonight’s rocket attacks on Erbil.

“I urge all Kurdistanis to remain calm.

“I’ve instructed security services to start a full investigation and spoke with PM @MAKadhimi on ways to cooperate and identify the outlaws behind this terror attack -mb.”

Col Marotto told AFP that the civilian who died in the attack was not Iraqi.

However, he could not confirm their nationality at the time of the statement.

The last deadly attack against the coalition in March last year left three dead – one British and two American service members.

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