By Nabil Shah article The US soldier killed in Iraq on Tuesday was killed in a fight with Iraqi soldiers and not the US, according to an Iraqi government official.
Naji al-Sadiq, 25, died in the attack on the town of Karbala.
The Iraqi army and the Iraqi National Police (INA) said that al-Masri, an Iraqi citizen, had been killed when an unidentified man fired a mortar bomb on an army post on the outskirts of Karba.
The incident took place at about 12:00 local time (14:00 GMT), a senior military official said, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to discuss the details.
It was not immediately clear how many soldiers were killed or wounded.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the US soldier was not among those killed, and blamed US officials for not confirming the soldier’s death.
“The US should be responsible for the killing of the US serviceman, and the US government should have confirmed his death,” al-Malki said.
Iraqis have been protesting against the US military presence in Iraq for a decade, as part of a bid to expel the US-backed Iraqi government and install a federal system.
The US military has not responded to the killing, and al-Tunisi, the deputy chief of staff of the Iraqi armed forces, told reporters on Tuesday that al, a US citizen, died after being wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED).
Al-Tunnisi also said that the US had informed the Iraqi government that al had been injured in the incident.
“It is clear that this was a deliberate act,” al, the Iraqi army chief, said.
“We are going to carry out the investigation with all the necessary forces to establish the exact circumstances of this incident,” he said.US forces have been in Iraq since the US invasion in 2003 and remain at the centre of the fight against Isis.US President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon to deploy 3,000 troops in Iraq by the end of this month.
But some Iraqis fear that the surge could trigger a backlash, with some citizens calling for a nationwide referendum on whether to re-invade Iraq.