İrem UZUN -TDO- At least two U.S.-led coalition soldiers have been killed after multiple rockets hit an Iraqi base housing U.S. and coalition troops on Wednesday, according to a statement by Operation Inherent Resolve. The statement added that at least 12 more soldiers were injured during the attack, which is "under investigation by the coalition and Iraqi security forces". U.S. military sources said an American soldier, an American contractor and a British soldier were killed. No names have yet been released.
Tension has been high since the U.S. killed senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike in January. A retaliatory Iranian strike on al-Asad - another base hosting U.S. troops - on 8 January left more than 100 soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injuries. However, both Iran and the U.S. appeared then to want to draw a line under the matter and there have been no major flare-ups since. A statement from the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria confirmed that 18 rockets had struck the base and three coalition personnel had been killed. In an earlier tweet, a spokesman for the coalition said the attack happened at 19:35 local time on Wednesday. He added that an investigation had been launched. "We are closely following the situation at Camp Taji," the official said on Wednesday. "We are not going to get ahead of the assessment and investigation, which are ongoing."
Camp Taji, located just north of Baghdad, has been used as a training base for a number of years. There are as many as 6,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, training and advising Iraqi forces and conducting counterterrorism missions.