The U.S.-led coalition announced on March 14 that three of its service members were wounded in a rocket attack that targeted Iraq’s Camp Taji in the morning.
Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the coalition, revealed that the attack also injured two Iraqi soldiers. Camp Taji, which hosts coalition troops, is mainly run by the Iraqi military.
“The CJTFOIR [Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve] confirms at least (25) 107mm rockets impacted Iraq’s Camp Taji base hosting Coalition troops, March 14 at 10:51 a.m. (Iraq Time). 3-Coalition WIA, 2-Iraqi WIA. Assessment and investigation ongoing,” the spokesman said.
Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV revealed that the rocket attack also caused significant damage to a runway in Camp Taji used by coalition warplanes.
The perpetrators used seven 107 mm rocket launchers hidden underground in a garage near Camp Taji to launch the attack. The rocket launchers were uncovered by Iraqi security forces a few minutes after the attack.
Iraqi authorities have launched an investigation into the new attack. Several security personnel stationed around Camp Taji and many locals are reportedly being questioned.
“Those who conducted this attack must declare themselves to be dealt with by the law. The JOC-I [Joint Operations Center in Iraq] considers any party that mobilizes and legitimizes these actions as a potential partner,” the JOC-I said in a statement.
Earlier this week, a similar attack targeted Camp Taji, killing three personnel of the U.S.-led coalition. In response, the U.S. targeted five military positions in Iraq. The strikes killed three Iraqi soldiers and two policemen.
The U.S. claims that these attacks are being carried out by Shiite groups affiliated with Iran, mainly Kata’ib Hezbollah. However, these accusations are not supported by any clear evidence.