Source : Times of India
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Monday for an investigation into a rocket attack on an airbase in Iraq's Kurdistan region and promised to "hold accountable those responsible." A volley of rockets targeting the base late Monday killed a foreign civilian contractor and wounded five others and a US soldier, the US-led coalition said. "We are outraged by today's rocket attack in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region," Blinken said in a statement.
The attack was the first time Western military or diplomatic installations have been targeted in Iraq in nearly two months, after a string of such incidents. Under former US president Donald Trump, Washington had vowed that the killing of an American national in such a rocket attack would prompt retaliation against Iran, whom US military officials accuse of backing the Iraqi militia groups behind the strikes.
But Blinken's call for an investigation marks a shift away from that policy under President Joe Biden's new administration.