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11 Mar 2020 | 04:58 PM UTC

Iraq: Rocket attack on Al-Taji base kills two Americans, one British national March 11 /update 4

Rocket attack on Al-Taji base kills two Americans and one British national on March 11; further rocket fire and retaliatory strikes possible over the coming hours and days

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Event

A rocket attack on Al-Taji base (27 km [17 mi] north of Baghdad), host to US troops, killed two Americans and one British national and wounded over 11 others at around 19:35 (local time) on Wednesday, March 11. According to Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III, more than 15 small rockets impacted the Camp Taji base. A related assessment and investigation have been opened.

Similar rocket attacks targeting military bases hosting US troops are possible in Iraq over the near term, as well as retaliatory strikes from OIR-coalition forces.  

Advice

Individuals in the vicinity of Al-Taji base are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid the affected area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.