At least three folks had been killed, together with two U.S. service members, in a rocket attack in Iraq, a U.S. official stated Wednesday.
The official stated 10 folks had been injured. Several different U.S. officials confirmed that U.S. troops had been killed and injured, however didn’t present numbers. The officials spoke on situation of anonymity to offer particulars of the attack forward of the general public announcement.
Reuters reported the third loss of life was a British soldier, citing U.S. officials.
U.S. Army Col. Myles Caggins, a U.S. navy spokesperson in Iraq, stated on Twitter that greater than 15 small rockets hit Iraq’s Camp Taji base. He supplied no additional particulars.
Camp Taji, situated simply north of Baghdad, has been used as a coaching base for quite a few years. There are as many as 6,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, coaching and advising Iraqi forces and conducting counterterror missions.
Officials didn’t say what group they imagine launched the rocket attack, however Kataib Hezbollah or one other Iranian-backed Shia militia group is feasible.
Kataib Hezbollah was liable for a late December rocket attack on a navy base in Kirkuk that killed a U.S. contractor, prompting American navy strikes in response.
That in flip led to protests on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. They had been adopted Jan. three by a U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s strongest navy officer, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a frontrunner of the Iran-backed militias in Iraq, of which Kataib Hezbollah is a member.
Kataib Hezbollah has been designated a “overseas terrorist group” by the U.S. State Department since 2009.