Protesters outside US Iraq embassy in Baghdad rage against air strikes

Protesters outside US Iraq embassy in Baghdad rage against air strikes

DUBAI/WASHIGNTON: Saudi Arabia condemned the rocket attack which killed a US defense contractor and wounded several American and Iraqi troops, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

The statement from the Kingdom added that the terror attacks violated the sovereignty of Iraq.

The attack happened on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in northern Iraq, US officials said.According to officials, the attack saw as many as 30 rockets fired at the Iraqi military compound near Kirkuk, where US service members are also based.Officials did not provide the exact number of troops wounded in the attack or the severity of the injuries.

They spoke on condition of anonymity to describe details before they were made public.Such attacks have taken place on several occasions over the past few months, with US officials for the most part blaming Iran-backed fighters.Iraq has been roiled since Oct. 1 by protests that have left more than 450 people dead, the vast majority of them demonstrators killed by security forces firing tear gas and live ammunition.

The mass uprisings prompted the resignation of former Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi late last month.

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