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2 US troops, 1 British troop killed in Iraqi rocket attack: reports

Welcome sign at the main entrance of Camp Taji, Iraq. (Ahodges7/Wikimedia Commons)
March 11, 2020

At least 15 rockets struck Camp Taji, a coalition base housing U.S. troops in northern Baghdad, Iraq on Wednesday. Reports have indicated that two American and one British personnel were killed.

Defense officials told the Associated Press that the three personnel considered of two U.S. troops and one British troop. Another U.S. official who spoke anonymously to the AP said as many as 30 rockets were fired at the base, 18 of which struck the base.

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherence Resolve spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III confirmed the attack in a tweet, saying, “3 Coalition personnel were killed during a rocket attack on Camp Taji, March 11.”

“Approximately 12 additional personnel were wounded in the attack,” an OIR statement said. “Approximately 18 107mm Katyusha rockets struck the base. The Iraqi Security Forces found a rocket-rigged truck, a few miles from Camp Taji.”

Caggins had shared photos of the rocket in a previous tweet, and at the time, reported only that 15 rockets had struck the base.

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“The Coalition CJTFOIR confirms more than 15 small rockets impacted Iraq’s Camp Taji base hosting Coalition troops, March 11 at 7:35 p.m. (Iraq Time). Assessment and investigation ongoing,” Caggins had said.

Previously, an Iraqi military statement said 10 Katyusha rockets hit the base, and no casualties were suffered in the attack.

Three additional missiles and a launching platform were located south of Rashidiya, the Iraqi military statement said.

Katyusha rockets are Soviet-era rockets frequently used by militia groups in Iraq.

Videos claiming to be taken from eyewitnesses of the attack have surfaced on social media.

The validity of the videos cannot yet be confirmed.

As many as 6,000 U.S. troops are assigned in Iraq to train and advise Iraqi troops, as well as to conduct anti-terror missions.