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17 Mar 2020 | 03:34 PM UTC

Iraq: Indirect fire impacts Jadriyah (Baghdad) on March 17 /update 8

Three rounds of indirect fire impact in the vicinity of Jadriyah (Baghdad) on March 17; unconfirmed reports of rocket attack on Camp Taji

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Event

Three rounds of indirect fire reportedly impacted in the vicinity of Jadriyah (Baghdad) around 22:35 (local time) on Tuesday, March 17. No casualties were immediately reported.

Also, unconfirmed and uncorroborated reports indicate that an attack utilizing three Katyusha rockets may have been launched against Camp Taji as of 21:53. Further details were not immediately reported.

A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in Jadriyah (Baghdad) over the coming hours. Retaliatory attacks on Iran-backed Shi'a militia groups are possible over the coming days.

Context

On March 11, approximately 18 rockets were fired into the Al-Taji airbase, killing two Americans and one British national. Another 14 people were wounded in the attack.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas of Iraq are advised to keep abreast of the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, seek shelter in the event of further rocket attacks, 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.