A rocket attack against forces led by U.S in northern Iraq killed a civilian service provider on Monday, the US coalition said in Iraq, in the deadliest attack of its kind in almost a year.
The rockets fell on a military air base operated by the coalition in Erbil International Airport, and around it.
The coalition spokesman wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the dead civilian was not an American, but did not provide details. He said three 107mm rockets fell into the base.
Of the nine other injured people, eight were civilians who served and one was a member of the U.S. service, said the coalition spokesman. A US official who declined to be named said the stricken American had a concussion.
The attack, claimed by a little-known group that some Iraqi officials say has links to the Will, increases tensions the moment Washington explores some degree of understanding with Iran.
It also takes place just three weeks before Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq, scheduled for March 5-8. His passage should include Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq.