Rocket attack in Iraq kills UK soldier, three Americans

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

12th Mar, 2020. 10:10 am
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Three people have been killed after a base hosting US and UK troops in Iraq was hit by a rocket attack.

According to BBC, at least 12 people were injured in the rocket attack on the Taji military camp, north of Baghdad.

US military sources said an American soldier, contractor and a British soldier killed.

No names have yet released.

Tension raised high since the US killed senior Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in January.

A retaliatory Iranian strike on Al-Asad left more than 100 soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

However, both Iran and the US appeared then to want to draw a line under the matter.

There have been no major flare-ups since.

A statement from the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria confirmed that 18 rockets had struck the base.

It said three coalition personnel had killed.

In an earlier tweet, a spokesman for the coalition said the attack happened on Wednesday.

He added that an investigation for the incident had launched.

The UK Ministry of Defence on the latest incident said, “We can confirm we are aware of an incident involving UK service personnel at Camp Taji, Iraq.

An investigation is under way, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

In a statement, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the attack was “deplorable”.

“The foreign secretary has spoken to the US secretary of state and we will continue to liaise with our international partners to fully understand the details of this abhorrent attack,” he said.

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