There’s really bad news coming from Iraq today.
According to multiple reports, 14 rockets were fired at a US base in Northern Iraq which killed one contractor and injured five other contractors including one U.S. service member.
This is the biggest attack against the U.S. in Iraq since last year and so far Biden has been silent.
BREAKING REPORT: Rocket attacks on US-Coalition forces in Iraq injures US troop, kills civilian contractor.
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) February 16, 2021
14 rockets were fired at a U.S. base in northern Iraq tonight and where is Joe Biden?
— ACTforAmerica (@ACTforAmerica) February 16, 2021
A rocket attack outside Irbil international airport, near where U.S. forces are based in northern Iraq, is sparking fears of new hostilities. Authorities say the assault killed one U.S.-led coalition contractor and wounded at least eight people.https://t.co/xCb195CiOg
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 15, 2021
The AP News got the scoop too:
Rockets struck outside an airport near where U.S. forces are based in northern Iraq late Monday, killing one U.S.-led coalition contractor and wounding at least eight other people, Iraqi security and coalition officials said, sparking fears of new hostilities.
At least three 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. No one immediately claimed responsibility.
One civilian contractor with the coalition was killed and five others wounded, coalition spokesman U.S. Army Col. Wayne Marotto said. One U.S. service member was wounded, he said. He did not reveal the nationality of the dead contractor and said this was under investigation.
At least two civilians were also wounded and the rockets damaged cars and other property, security officials said, without providing more details. A statement from Kurdistan’s Interior Ministry said “several people” had been injured based on a preliminary investigation. The rockets were launched from an area south of Irbil near the border with Kirkuk province and fell on some residential areas close to the airport.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
A US service member got a concussion, a non US contractor was killed and four other US contractors injured in a rocket attack in Erbil, Iraq today. Biden now to decide if a line has been crossed, or not https://t.co/r0w1fJ8wrz
— Gordon Lubold (@glubold) February 16, 2021
Fox News got more in-depth details and had this to share:
A rocket attack at a U.S.-led military base in Kurdish northern Iraq on Monday killed a civilian contractor and wounded five other people including a U.S. service member, according to initial reports, the U.S. coalition in Iraq said.
It was the most deadly attack to hit U.S.-led forces for almost a year in Iraq, where tensions have escalated between U.S. forces, their Iraqi and Kurdish allies on one side and Iran-aligned militias on the other.
A coalition spokesman said on Twitter the attack hit coalition forces in the Kurdish regional capital of Erbil, and that more details would follow.
Kurdish security sources said at least three rockets landed near Erbil International Airport in the autonomous region late at night.
Reuters reporters heard several loud explosions and saw a fire break out near the airport.
U.S. troops occupy a military base adjacent to the civilian airport.
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 16, 2021