The U.S.-led counter-ISIS coalition confirmed that three rockets had struck Erbil Air Base (EAB), out of fourteen launched. A spokesperson reported one fatality and nine injuries, including five U.S. nationals, one of whom was a service member. The State Department said it was “outraged” at the attack, while underscoring that “we reserve the right to respond at a time and place of our choosing, consistent with our partnership with the people and the government of Iraq”. Iraqi President Barham Salih described the incident as “a dangerous escalation and a criminal terrorist attack”. Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson asserted that Tehran “flatly condemns suspicious attempts to attribute the attack to Iran”, adding: “Iran regards Iraq’s stability and security as a key issue for the region and neighbouring countries, and dismisses any move that would disrupt tranquility and order in this country”.
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