An employee cleans up shattered glass on February 16, 2021 outside a harmed store following a rocket attack the previous night in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish self-governing area.
The Biden administration on Tuesday would not dismiss possible retaliation versus those behind Monday’s fatal rocket attack in Iraq.
The attack in the city of Irbil in the Kurdistan area eliminated one civilian professional and hurt 9 more people, including a U.S. service member, according to U.S. Army Col. Wayne Marotto, representative for the coalition fighting ISIS.
At least three rockets struck near the civilian Irbil International Airport late Monday night, Kurdish security sources told NBC News. A neighboring base homes U.S. troops.
The Biden administration stated it would wait to find out who was accountable for the attack prior to deciding how to react.
“The president of the United States and the administration reserves the right to respond in a timely way of our picking,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki informed reporters Tuesday throughout a news briefing, shortly prior to providing condolences to the deceased.
“But we’ll wait for the attribution to be concluded initially before we take any additional steps. I will communicate to you that diplomacy is a concern with this administration,” she included.
Psaki said the United States was carrying out an examination to determine who lagged the attack.
State Department spokesman Ned Price stated Tuesday that Secretary of State Antony Blinken talked with the Kurdistan region’s prime minister, Masrour Barzani, on the heels of the attack. Cost also said that the leading U.S. diplomat talked to Iraq’s prime minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, on Tuesday.
“Once we have actually recognized a wrongdoer, then it would be better to check out the motive,” Rate stated when asked about a possible U.S. reaction.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also spoke on Tuesday to Iraqi Minister of Defense Jumaah Saadoon to talk about the attack. The Pentagon said the officials declared their commitment to the strategic collaboration between the United States and Iraq.
In 2019, the U.S. attributed a rocket attack on a military base near Kirkurk to Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed militia group. The attack triggered a U.S. action which eliminated a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani.
Monday’s attack comes as the world’s most effective military alliance, NATO, meets practically Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the next steps in Iraq.