US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday evening that the United States was “outraged” by a rocket attack in Erbil, capital of the northern Kurdish Autonomous Region Iraq, earlier today, which claimed victims.
“We are outraged by today’s rocket attack in the Iraqi Kurdistan region,” Blinken said in a statement.
According to the statement, the attack killed a civilian under contract and injured several members of the US-led coalition, including a US serviceman and several civilian employees.
“I contacted Prime Minister of the Kurdish regional government Masrour Barzani to discuss the incident and assured him of our full support for all efforts to investigate and hold those responsible to account,” he said. said.
The regional interior ministry said in a brief statement that several rockets were fired at several areas of Erbil around 9:30 p.m. (6.30 p.m. GMT) on Monday, injuring several civilians.
A separate statement from the press office of the Iraqi prime minister and army commander-in-chief Moustafa al-Kazimi claimed that the latter had ordered a joint investigation with the Kurdish regional authorities into the incident.
About 2,500 American soldiers are present in Iraq to support Iraqi forces there in their fight against the remnants of ISIS, mainly by providing them with training and advice.