Biden administration alerts of consequences for deadly Iraq attack

U.S. State Department representative Ned Rate addresses a question throughout a news instruction at the department in Washington, February 9, 2021.

WASHINGTON– The Biden administration pledged on Wednesday that there will be effects for those behind the lethal rocket attack earlier this week in northern Iraq.

” It is fair to state that there will be repercussions for any group responsible for this attack,” State Department representative Ned Price told press reporters during an instruction.

The attack in the city of Irbil in the Kurdistan region killed one civilian contractor and injured 9 others, consisting of a U.S. service member, according to U.S. Army Col. Wayne Marotto, representative for the coalition combating ISIS.

At least three rockets hit near the civilian Irbil International Airport late Monday night, Kurdish security sources informed NBC News. A nearby base houses U.S. troops.

Rate’s remarks Wednesday represents a small escalation in the Biden addministration’s position on the strike. On the heels of the attack, White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated the administration was performing an examination with its allies in the area. When pressed on a possible U.S. reaction, Psaki said that the United States “reserves the right to react in a timely manner of our picking.”

“But we’ll await the attribution to be concluded first before we take any extra steps. I will communicate to you that diplomacy is a priority with this administration,” she said, without giving more details.

The rocket attack in Iraq comes as NATO, the world’s most powerful military alliance, satisfies to go over coalition-led objectives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I anticipate ministers will accept launch an expanded mission, with more allied workers training and encouraging in more security institutions across the nation,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated Wednesday.

“The mission will expand slowly in response to the scenario,” Stoltenberg said, adding that the NATO members had received demands from the Iraqi federal government.

The Pentagon is “enthusiastic about and invites NATO’s increased focus on Iraq,” a senior Defense official informed press reporters ahead of the NATO meeting. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, would not divulge whether the U.S. armed force would contribute more troops to the battle in Iraq.

The United States has 2,500 soldiers in Iraq and another 2,500 service members in Afghanistan.

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