One U.S. civilian contractor was killed and several service members were wounded in a rocket attack targeting a military base in northern Iraq on Friday, according to the U.S. military.
The attack took place at approximately 7:20 p.m. local time at Iraq’s K1 military base — which houses U.S. and coalition forces — outside the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Several Iraqi personnel were also wounded.
The U.S. military does not reveal the identity of American contractors killed during overseas deployments.
Reuters reported on Friday that security forces had found a launchpad for Katyusha rockets inside an abandoned vehicle near the base.
While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, ISIS is known to operate a small insurgency in the area. But earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed a recent series of attacks on Iraqi bases on Iranian proxies.
In a strongly worded statement, Pompeo warned that U.S. troops are co-located on these bases with Iraqi Security Forces and that any attack by Iran or its proxies that “harm Americans, our allies, or our interests will be answered with a decisive U.S. response.”
He added, “Iran must respect the sovereignty of its neighbors and immediately cease its provision of lethal aid and support to third parties in Iraq and throughout the region.”
There are approximately 5,000 U.S. troops currently deployed in Iraq.
ABC News’ Conor Finnegan contributed to this report.