State Dept. Spox on rocket attack in Iraq: “We reserve the right to respond”
US reserves the right to respond to a missile attack in Iraq
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed with Iraqi partners a missile strike in Iraqi Kurdistan that led to casualties
The United States, together with its partners in Iraq, reserves the right to respond “anytime, anywhere” to Monday’s missile attack in Iraqi Kurdistan. State Department spokesman Ned Price announced this on Tuesday afternoon..
During a press briefing at the State Department, Price said that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed the incident with representatives of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region administration, as well as with the Prime Minister of Iraq..
Price said the US is not going to jump to conclusions while Iraq is investigating the incident. State Department officials are in close contact with local officials to determine who was responsible for the attack, which killed one person and injured nine others, including an American soldier..
“We support our Iraqi partners in their efforts to investigate these attacks, whether they were perpetrated by Iran or Iranian-backed militants,” Price said. “In coordination with our Iraqi partners, we reserve the right to respond (to this attack) anytime and anywhere. And we will do this in coordination with our Iraqi partners, since we are talking about Iraqi sovereignty “.
Coalition officials led by the United States and the authorities of the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan reported that a missile strike on Monday evening near Erbil airport and a nearby military base where US troops are stationed killed one foreign civilian contractor and wounded at least nine people. including one American soldier.
The Sarayya Awliya al-Dam group claimed responsibility for the attack. According to the Iraqi authorities, this group enjoys the support of Iran..
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