Two US soldiers and one soldier from the UK died during a rocket attack at Camp Taji in Iraq on Wednesday; Multiple additional injuries reported; Approximately 15-18 mortars were used in the attack.
One US soldier and one US contractor alongside a soldier from the United Kingdom were killed on Wednesday during a mortar attack on Camp Taji that was carried out by Iranian-backed militia inside of Iraq. Reports indicate that approximately 15-20 mortars were fired from the militia.
A US official responded to the attack stating, “Three Coalition personnel were killed during a rocket attack on Camp Taji, Iraq, March 11. The names of the personnel are withheld pending next of kin notification, in accordance with national policies.” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also showed his disappointment with the news and added that “Our servicemen and women work tirelessly every day to uphold security and stability in the region—their presence makes us all safer.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that there would be a response. Hours later, Syrian news media reported several airstrikes near al-Bukamal via an unidentified aircraft. Al-Bukamal is of great significance to Iran and is a key location for where they move their militia and weaponry. It’s located just west of the great Euphrates River.
*The Russian Ministry of Defense later revealed that the strikes carried out in al-Bukamal were done so by the Israeli Air Force, not the US.