Iranian-made rockets were used in the recent deadly attack on a U.S. military base in Iraq’s Kirkuk, new photos have revealed.
The attack had killed a U.S. military contractor and injured several service members, who were working inside the base, known as K1, on December 27.
The photos, which were released by the Iraqi Special Operations Forces on December 28, show the rocket launcher that was used in the attack. The launcher, consisting of 36 107 mm tubes, was hidden in the rare of a civilian mini truck.
Four of the rockets, which were loaded into the launcher, failed to start. Experts identified the rockets as Iranian-made Fadjr-1 107 mm rockets. This type has a range of more than 8 km and is armed with a 7,9 kg warhead.
Many Fadjr-1 rockets were looted by terrorist groups from the stockpiles of the Syrian and Iraqi militaries in the last few years. Rockets of this type were even spotted in Afghanistan.
The rocket’s type can’t be considered a solid evidence against Iran. In spite of this, a U.S. official said that Washington believe that the Iranian-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah in Iraq may be behind the attack.
Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iran and its local allies from carrying out any attacks in Iraq, saying that Washington will “respond decisively” to any such attack.