An American citizen was killed in an Iranian rocket attack in Iraqi Kurdistan on Wednesday, State Department Principal Deputy Spokesman Vedant Patel said on Thursday.
Patel did not provide further details about the individual, citing privacy. Patel declined to say what the US response would be to the attack and the civilian deaths.
In a statement Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken “condemned the use of ballistic missiles and drone strikes against Iraq’s Kurdistan Region as an unjustified violation of Iraqi sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
“We are also aware of reports of civilian casualties and regret any loss of life as a result of today’s attack,” he said. “Furthermore, we condemn comments from the Iranian government threatening additional attacks on Iraq.”
“We stand with the people and the government of Iraq in the face of these brazen attacks on its sovereignty,” he said.
CNN reported Wednesday that the U.S. had fired an F-15 jet to shoot down an Iranian drone headed toward U.S. forces in Erbil, Iraq, a U.S. official told CNN.
The U.S. jettisoned the plane after it tracked dozens of Iranian short-range ballistic missiles headed for Kurdish positions in northern Iraq on Wednesday, two other U.S. officials said. A preliminary assessment of the launch took place in Iran, officials said.