Biden Administration Confirms U.S. Citizen Killed In Iran-Backed Attack On Iraq
A partial view shows the aftermath of Iranian cross-border attacks in the area of Zargwez, where several exiled left-wing Iranian Kurdish parties maintain offices, around 15 kilometres from the Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah on September 28, 2022. - Iran launched cross-border missile and drone strikes that killed nine people in Iraq's Kurdistan region after accusing Kurdish armed groups based there of stoking a wave of unrest that has rocked the Islamic republic. The September 16 death of Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini, 22, while in the custody of Iran's morality police has sparked a major wave of protests and a crackdown that has left scores of demonstrators dead over the past 12 nights.
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The Biden administration admitted on Thursday that an American citizen was killed by an apparent Iran-backed attack on Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

The Washington Free Beacon noted that reports surfaced Wednesday claiming that an American had been killed after the rocket attack by “Iran-backed militants sponsored by the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).”

A regional news organization identified the American citizen that was reportedly killed, but the State Department did not confirm the person’s identity, according to the Free Beacon.

A reporter asked Vedant Patel, the State Department’s principal deputy spokesperson, about the rocket attacking during a press briefing over the phone on Thursday.

“Regarding the possible fatalities in Iraqi Kurdistan due to the Iranian missile attacks, do you have any updates – have there – do you know of any Americans having been among those killed?” the reporter asked. “Because we have gotten information on at least one individual, U.S. citizen.”

“First and foremost as it relates to the attacks, I want to reiterate that we condemn Iran’s violations of Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Patel responded. “And the genesis of your question – we can confirm that a U.S. citizen was killed as a result of a rocket attack in the Iraqi Kurdistan region yesterday, but due to privacy considerations I don’t have any further comments to provide.”

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