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U.S. Contractor Is Killed in Rocket Attack on an Iraqi Base

U.S. Contractor Is Killed in Rocket Attack on an Iraqi Base(Bloomberg) — A rocket attack on an Iraqi military base killed an American contractor and wounded several U.S. and Iraqi military personnel, the Defense Department said on Friday evening.Iraqi security forces were “leading the response and investigation” following the Friday night assault on the base in Kirkuk, where coalition forces are based, the Pentagon said in a statement.The names of the contractor and the wounded Americans were not immediately released, and the statement did not provide any further details.Rocket assaults on or near Iraqi installations that host American troops and personnel have occurred since the fall, and Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper, have expressed increasing concern about Iranian involvement.Those attacks occurred as widespread anti-government protests intensified, eventually leading to the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.Tensions have been rising across the region, with Iran violently putting down its own protests, and Turkey invading Kurdish territory in northern Syria after President Donald Trump announced a pullout of American forces there.Early this month, rockets were fired at two Iraqi air bases where American forces are stationed. Seven rockets struck the perimeter of the Al Asad base, and five projectiles landed inside Balad. At Al Asad, the Iraqi army later found a truck rigged to fire rockets with seven empty tubes and eight unfired projectiles.No one was hurt in those attacks, which were believed to be the work of militants with ties to Iran, according to a U.S. official.On Thursday, Iraqi President Barham Saleh offered to resign as weeks of deadly protests showed no sign of easing. Mahdi remains in office until a successor is found. Protesters rejected one nominee, and Saleh rejected the candidacy of a second.Some 500 people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters since Oct. 1, according to Iraq’s independent High Commission for Human Rights. Iraqis, mostly from the Shiite majority population, are protesting against corruption, poor services, and Iran’s sweeping influence in the country.\–With assistance from Khalid Al-Ansary and Tony Capaccio.To contact the reporter on this story: John Harney in Washington at jharney2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Bill Faries at wfaries@bloomberg.net, Larry Liebert, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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US contractor killed in Iraq rocket attack, troops wounded

US contractor killed in Iraq rocket attack, troops woundedA U.S. defense contractor was killed and several American and Iraqi troops were wounded Friday in a rocket attack in northern Iraq, U.S. officials said. According to officials, the attack involved as many as 30 rockets fired at the Iraqi military compound near Kirkuk, where U.S. service members are also based.



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Contractor claims video shows structural flaws prior to Hard Rock Hotel collapse

Contractor claims video shows structural flaws prior to Hard Rock Hotel collapseA contractor posted a video arguing it showed structural problems inside the Hard Rock Hotel construction site two days before its deadly collapse.



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Ex-Blackwater contractor sentenced to life in Iraq shootings

Ex-Blackwater contractor sentenced to life in Iraq shootingsA former Blackwater security contractor was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for his role in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq that left 14 people dead. Federal judge Royce Lamberth issued the sentence after a succession of friends and relatives requested leniency for Nicholas Slatten, who was found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury in December. Prosecutors charged that Slatten, 35, was the first to fire shots in the September 2007 massacre of Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in Baghdad.



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Contractor says suspect in killing wanted secret room

Contractor says suspect in killing wanted secret roomA construction contractor says the primary suspect in the killing of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck approached him in April about building a secretive and soundproof room under a front porch. Brian Wolf told the Desert News that the construction request from homeowner Ayoola A. Ajayi made him uneasy and included hooks mounted high on a concrete wall for reasons that didn't make sense. Wolf turned the job down and reported the encounter to Salt Lake City police after seeing news reports Friday of Ajayi's arrested in Lueck's death.



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Who is Patrick Shanahan? Trump's acting replacement for Mattis came to the Pentagon after decades with defense contractor Boeing

Who is Patrick Shanahan? Trump's acting replacement for Mattis came to the Pentagon after decades with defense contractor BoeingPresident Trump’s choice to take over for outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has spent more than 30 years working for Boeing, a major defense contractor.



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China Hacked U.S. Navy Contractor To Obtain Sub Secrets: Report

China Hacked U.S. Navy Contractor To Obtain Sub Secrets: ReportChinese government hackers breached the files of a U.S. Navy contractor to



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White House Contractor Arrested On Attempted Murder Warrant

White House Contractor Arrested On Attempted Murder WarrantA private contractor working at the White House was arrested for an



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How NSA Contractor Leaked Top Secret Russia Document

How NSA Contractor Leaked Top Secret Russia Document25-year-old Reality Winner, who was arrested for leaking a top secret document to a news outlet, spent six years in the Air Force and had previously tweeted her disdain for Pres. Trump.



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