Rocket Strike in Iraq Kills U.S. Contractor, Wounds 8
Several rockets struck outside an airport near where U.S. forces are based in northern Iraq killing one and injuring 8 others overnight.
The rockets hit areas between the civilian Irbil International Airport in the semi-autonomous Kurdish-run region and the nearby base hosting U.S. troops at 9:30 p.m.
Among the victims, a United States lead coalition contractor killed in the strike.
According to the Associated Press, a little-known Shiite militant group calling itself the Guardians of Blood Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack.
It claimed firing 24 rockets that avoided the airport’s defenses, specifically naming an automatic machine gun known as a C-RAM that protects American installations.
In a statement, the U.S. Department of State claims to be outraged by the attack and pledges support to hold those responsible accountable.
A portion of this report was created with information provided by the Associated Press