One dead and six wounded in triple rocket attack near international airport

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One person has been killed and six have been left wounded in a triple rocket attack on a US base.

The attack took place on the US military base in Iraqi Kurdistan, claim coalition forces.

Three missiles reportedly landed close to Erbil International Airport in the capital at around 9:30pm (local time).

A civilian contractor working with the coalition is thought to have been killed.

Of those injured, a US service member has been hurt, reports The Independent.

Images and video show shattered glass and windows at the airport following the attack.

The airport was shut down and flights were delayed shortly after the blast.

Wayne Marotto, the official spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, tweeted coalition forces had been hit.

He said: “There was 1 civilian contractor killed, 5 civilian contractors injured and 1 US service member injured.”

The attack has been claimed by a group called Saraya Awliya al-Dam.

Although no evidence has been presented for their claim.

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It is the most deadly attack to hit US -led forces for almost a year in Iraq, where tensions have escalated between

US forces, their Iraqi and Kurdish allies on one side and Iran-aligned militias on the other.

Groups that some Iraqi officials say have links with Iran have claimed a series of rocket and roadside attacks against coalition forces, contractors working for the coalition and US installations including the embassy in Baghdad in recent months.

The last deadly attack to target the coalition killed one British and two American personnel in March last year.

Tension between the United States and Iran sent the Middle East to the edge of a full-scale confrontation in January 2020 after a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian military mastermind Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.

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