Blinken spoke to Iraqi prime minister after rocket attack

U.S. President Joe Biden visits the State Department in Washington
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks speaks during a visit by U.S. President Joe Biden to the State Department in Washington, U.S., February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

February 16, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi on Tuesday, after a rocket attack on U.S.-led forces in northern Iraq on Monday killed a civilian contractor and injured a U.S. service member.

Responsibility for the attack was claimed by a little-known group that some Iraqi officials say has links with Iran.

Price said he did not want to get ahead of an investigation into who was responsible for the attack, but that the United States reserved the right to respond “at a time and place of our choosing.”

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Simon Lewis, Editing by Franklin Paul)