Another Rocket Attack on Camp Taji Wounds 5

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Another rocket attack on Camp Taji on Saturday just before 11 a.m. wounded three coalition members and two Iraqis. According to Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Myles Caggins, at least 25 rockets hit the area.

“Last night, there was a Katyusha rocket attack on U.S., coalition and Iraqi forces at Camp Taji. We had three U.S. service members who were injured. Two seriously who are being treated at the military hospital at the Baghdad Airport base…The Iraqi Security Forces have made an initial arrest and we are investigating the attack with them. These rocket attacks are a deadly and dangerous distraction from the coalition’s mission to help the Iraqis with their goal to permanently defeat ISIS.” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman in an email to Military Times

[Note: last night in the US was Saturday morning in Iraq.]

Rockets also hit the Iraqi air defense units, according to Stripes. Some of those men were in critical condition, although they did not provide the actual number wounded.

Iraqi forces located seven platforms from which the rockets were launched, with 24 missiles still inside. The platforms were found in the Abu Azam area.

As we previously reported, officials are saying the culprits were the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia (also known as KH). Iraq stated that the US retaliatory air strikes against five of the militia’s weapons positions were ‘unproductive’ and they urged the US not to do that again.

The Iraqis stated that the US air strikes actually killed some Iraqi Security Forces operating under their Popular Mobilization Forces, which contains some Iran-backed troops as well as other militias. The US, however, will hold those accountable who harm American troops.

“We can’t forget that the PMF is a recognized entity within the Iraqi security forces; they aren’t isolated from the security forces and often are co-located on the same bases or use the same facilities. Now the (Iran-backed) groups who supported the initial strike in Taji, who were the most outspoken, feel obliged, authorized, maybe even legitimized to respond, ostensibly to protect Iraqi sovereignty but really to keep the pressure up on Americans. There are no red lines anymore.”  Sajad Jiyad,  researcher and former managing director of the Bayan Center, a Baghdad-based think tank

Featured photo: Twitter via SecMedCell (Iraq)


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