Multiple rockets struck an Iraqi base on March 12 where the United States and coalition troops are stationed and a probe into the incident is under way, a senior official from the administration of US President Donald Trump reportedly said. The official reportedly said that they are closely monitoring the situation at Camp Taji.
UPDATE: 3 Coalition personnel were killed during a rocket attack on Camp Taji, March 11. Names of personnel are withheld pending next of kin notification. Camp Taji is an Iraqi base that hosts @CJTFOIR personnel for anti-ISIS training & advising missions. Full statement below. pic.twitter.com/tDwxNwqNOZ— OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III (@OIRSpox) March 11, 2020
#BREAKING: In response to the death of two Amertican & one British soldier in rocket attack of #IRGC's #KataibHezbollah at Camp #Taji in N. of #Baghdad, #USAF's F-15Es from 389 FS have carried-out a retaliatory airstrike at Al-Najba movement headquarters at #Iraq-#Syria border. pic.twitter.com/UpdrFRKlgw— Babak Taghvaee (B) (@BabakTaghvaee1) March 11, 2020
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, follow @OIRSpox & @SecMedCell for updates. https://t.co/oNgNfCEYG7— OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III (@OIRSpox) March 11, 2020
International media citing official sources reportedly said that one US soldier, one British soldier, and a US contractor were among the three who were killed in the rocket attack. However, the reports have not been confirmed yet. A US military spokesman in Iraq, Colonel Myles Caggins, said on Twitter that more than 15 small rockets had hit the base without adding further details.
An American official on the condition of anonymity said that more information would be provided later in an official announcement. According to the reports, there was no initial comment from Washington or London on those killed, nor was there an immediate claim of responsibility.
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