n American contractor working for the Defense Department is dead and several others were wounded when a base housing the troops was struck by multiple rockets in northern Iraq. U.S. intelligence officials believe Iranian-backed militias to be the culprit.
The K-1 Base in Kirkuk was targeted Friday by a barrage of rocket artillery killing a Pentagon contractor and wounding several U.S. service members and Iraqi personnel on-site, Defense Department officials told Newsweek.
Shortly after the attack, a Katyusha multiple launch rocket system was found abandoned not far from the base, said a senior Pentagon official speaking on condition of anonymity. Roughly 11 to 14 struck the base, according to an early estimate. One rocket impacted a storage facility igniting munitions housed inside.
The Pentagon has yet to officially assign blame for the incident, nor has any group claimed responsibility, though a number of armed non-state actors remain active throughout Iraq. U.S. intelligence officials believe Iranian-backed militia groups are responsible.