Two Americans, Briton killed in attack on base housing US troops near Baghdad: Report

PressTV – March 11, 2020

The katyusha rockets were fired from a launcher on a truck.

Two Americans and a British personnel are killed after over a dozen Katyusha rockets hit a military base housing American troops near the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a report says.

Citing two unnamed US officials, Reuters reported that based on preliminary information, about a dozen coalition members had also been injured in the Wednesday attack against Iraq’s Taji military camp, located some 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) north of Baghdad.

The US-led military coalition in Iraq said in a statement that 18 107mm Katyusha rockets struck the base and suggested they may have been fired from a truck.

It confirmed three troops were killed and about a dozen wounded but declined to disclose the nationalities of the casualties or offer any other identifying information.

“The attack is under investigation by the coalition and Iraqi security forces,” the military coalition said.

Earlier, the Iraqi Interior Ministry’s Security Media Cell announced in a statement that the incident took place in the evening when 10 rockets landed on Camp Taji, located some 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) north of Baghdad.

The statement added that a Kia Bongo pickup truck with a missile launcher was found south of Baghdad’s al-Rashidiya district. It had three missiles in its back.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, which came less than a week after two Katyusha rockets were fired at the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad.

An Interior Ministry official said at time that the incident took place on March 5 evening when the projectiles were launched at the zone, which houses the US embassy as well as some of the main Iraqi government offices.

The official added the rockets landed on empty area and caused no casualty. A third rocket landed on a nearby area west of the Green Zone, without causing casualties.

On January 14, Iraq’s military announced in a statement that the military camp had been targeted by two Katyusha rockets.

Four Katyusha rockets hit the same base on December 29 last year.

Anti-American sentiment has been running high in Iraq following the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, along with the deputy head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and their companions in US airstrike authorized by President Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3.

On January 8, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) fired a number of ballistic missiles at Ain al-Asad air base, which houses US troops in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, in retaliation.

Two days after the US attack, Iraqi lawmakers unanimously approved a bill demanding the withdrawal.

Later on January 9, former Iraqi prime minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi called on the United States to dispatch a delegation to Baghdad tasked with formulating a mechanism for the move.

According to a statement released by his office at the time, Abdul-Mahdi “requested that delegates be sent to Iraq to set the mechanisms to implement the parliament’s decision for the secure withdrawal of (foreign) forces from Iraq” in a phone call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The 78-year-old politician said that Iraq rejects violation of its sovereignty, particularly the US military’s violation of Iraqi airspace in the airstrike that assassinated General Soleimani, Muhandis and their companions.

The US State Department bluntly rejected the request the following day.



6 responses to “Two Americans, Briton killed in attack on base housing US troops near Baghdad: Report”

  1. Two Americans and a British man killed in Iraq. Optimistic beginning.
    Unfortunately real criminals are safe.

  2. Bloody good job
    they have no right to be there.

  3. I read this, ” we had no right to be there ”
    I could not get any kind ofa job at all
    so seeing an advert for learning a trade, join the army
    thats what i did.
    I got loads of marching here there and on the parade ground every day
    got lots of bullying and being shouted at, this was really annoying,
    but so sign of learning a trade.
    Then we got shipped out to Iraq, none of us believed Tony Blairs stories of WMDs
    but if they did have them so what ? israel has the worlds most horrific weapons arsenal but no one says anything about that.
    We had no weapons no supplies and no food deliveries so just went to the americans
    for what we needed, Saddham Husein could have wiped us out any time, but Dr David Kelly had been used to tell them it was just sabre rattling and an exercise and we would soon go home, each ship that came in we thought ah here are our weapons but each ship just delivered oil pipes thousands and thousands of them, we soon realised why we were there it was to steal the oil.
    More British troops were killed by the Americans than by the iraqis
    The US guys were just killing everyone and anything, this was before we knew about the tortures to get folk to admit they had seen the non existant WMDs.
    Many Brits were horrified at what we saw and did, a lot of our guys were guilt ridden and had PTSD.
    Several would be whistle blowers died in strange circumstances, this was before we knew Rupert Murdoch was opening and reading our mail as special branch always does.
    Getting home my own family disowned me, we tok part in an ilegal war ona pack of lies, technically we are war criminals and not entitled to war injury compensation.
    My wife will not speak to me as i was ” gutless ” and tok part in the killing of Iraqis.
    I live on the streets, people do throw coins in my hat which helps,but i regreat so much not having the backbone to say “NO” i will not take part in illegal wars, many others feel as i do, it cost me my family and freinds, i wear the stamp ofa coward
    and all because i wanted to learn a trade and get a job

  4. If this is what they can do with a Kia Bongo be good to see what they could do with a Mack Truck.

  5. All we’ve done is put sanctions on Iraq causing hundreds of thousands of deaths, through lack of medicines and adequate food. Then illegally invaded them, killed about another million Iraqis and destroyed their country. Now the ungrateful bastards have killed one of our men. How low can they get?

  6. If the Americans and Brits had left when they were told to none of this would’ve happened. I feel sorry for the poor brainwashed schmucks who enlist and invade other countries believing they are somehow protecting their own countries. The Khazarian Chabad mafia must be laughing at their ignorance.