The Coalition spokesperson Col. Wayne Marotto wrote that one civilian contractor was killed, five injured and one US service member was injured.
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The US retaliated for his death. In response Badr Organizations Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the Fatah Alliance party in Iraq, as well as Muhandis, Asaib Ahl Al-Haq leader Qais Khazali and Falih al-Fayyadh let protesters to attack the US embassy on January 1. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo singled out those responsible. Two days later Soleimani arrived in Baghdad to meet Muhandis to plan more attacks on the US. Before he could do it missiles fired by a US drone killed the two men.
The US has consolidated its forces in Erbil and Assad and Baghdad, withdrawing from a dozen other facilities. The US has warned Iran in the past, in 2018, against attack on US facilities. But pro-Iran groups continue the attacks. They want the US to leave. They have been very successful so far. The US has wrapped most of its work up in Iraq.
Turkey and the PKK are also fighting in the mountains, but the leaders in the Kurdistan region, such as regional president Nechirvan Barzani and Prime Minister Masoud Barzani and PUK leaders like Quban and Lahur Talibani, care about the region’s safety. They don’t want to be dragged into a conflict between the US and Iran. Prime Minister of Iraq Mustafa al-Kadhimi has also tried to confront pro-Iranian militants, which he knows use his country, attack protesters and traffic weapons.
The US will have to decide if it will respond or remain silent or just virtue signal a statement. While some say that not every crisis is a test for the new Biden administration, clearly Iran will look at the US response. In the past pro-Iranian groups killed hundreds of Americans. The question is whether they can target Erbil and get away with it. There is a corollary, whether the US will now move much-needed air defense to Erbil.