Pentagon chief: Response to rocket attack in Iraq will be 'thoughtful' and 'appropriate'

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Sunday that the U.S. will deliver a “thoughtful” and “appropriate” response to the latest rocket attack on a base housing U.S. troops in Iraq.

“We're still developing the intelligence. We're encouraging the Iraqis to move as fast as they can to investigate the incident and they are doing that. But you can expect that we will always hold people accountable for their acts,” Austin said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“We want to make sure that again, we understand who’s responsible for this," he added. "The message to those who would carry out such an attack is you know expect us to do what’s necessary to defend ourselves.”

At least 10 rockets struck Al Asad air base in Iraq's Anbar province last Wednesday, with a U.S. contractor suffering a heart attack during the bombardment and later dying.

The U.S. has accused Iran of backing the attacks.

Asked by ABC’s Martha Raddatz whether the U.S. response would deliver a clear message to Ir... (Read more)