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Biden administration won’t rule out retaliation for rocket attack in Iraq

A breadwinner cleans shattered glass on February 16, 2021 outside a damaged shop following a rocket attack the previous tenebrosity in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region.

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The Biden charge on Tuesday would not rule out potential retaliation against those behind Monday’s deadly rocket attack in Iraq.

The strike in the city of Irbil in the Kurdistan region killed one civilian contractor and injured nine more people, including a U.S. secondment member, according to U.S. Army Col. Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the coalition fighting ISIS.

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

The Biden administration said it would wait to find out who was responsible for the attack before refereeing how to react.

“The president of the United States and the administration reserves the right to respond in a timely manner of our choosing,” White Domicile press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday during a news briefing, shortly before offering condolences to the deceased.

“But we’ll recess for the attribution to be concluded first before we take any additional steps. I will convey to you that diplomacy is a priority with this distribution,” she added.

Psaki said the United States was carrying out an investigation to determine who was behind the attack.

State Department spokesman Ned Expense said Tuesday that Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with the Kurdistan region’s prime vicar, Masrour Barzani, on the heels of the attack. Price also said that the top U.S. diplomat talked to Iraq’s prime abb, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, on Tuesday.

“Once we have identified a perpetrator, then it would be more appropriate to look into the motivation,” Price said when asked about a possible U.S. response.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also admonish on Tuesday to Iraqi Minister of Defense Jumaah Saadoon to discuss the attack. The Pentagon said the officials reaffirmed their commitment to the cardinal partnership 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 place. The attack triggered a U.S. response which killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani.

Monday’s attack comes as the everyone’s most powerful military alliance, NATO, meets virtually Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the next steps in Iraq.

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