Update: In retaliation for yesterday’s missile strike on the Taji military camp near Baghdad, the United States has launched airstrikes in Iraq. Earlier today the Pentagon placed the blame yesterday’s attack on Iran. No target details have been provided but retaliation is said to be proportional.
Original: Today, March 11, at 7:35 pm Iraqi time two Americans and on Brit were killed after Taji military camp was hit by 15 small rockets. 12 others were wounded. Taji military camp is located north of Baghdad.
U.S. officials are not yet placing blame for the attack on any nation or proxies. None have taken credit for the attack. According to Reuters, U.S. officials have said that “any indication that Iran-backed militia were responsible could ignite a new round of military escalation between the United States and Iran.” There are indications that the number of dead and wounded can increase.
A British Ministry of Defence spokesperson has confirmed that one Brit was killed in the attack while also stating “An investigation is underway, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
Although things have remained relatively quiet between the United States and Iran, there have been regular missile strikes near or directed at military bases in Iraq that house American and coalition forces. The most notable rocket attack came after the killing of Qasem Soleimani near a Baghdad airport on January 3, 2019. In retaliation for the killing Iran launched an attack on al-Asad airbase. That attack left more than 100 American service members with concussions and other mild traumatic brain injuries.
This latest attack comes parallel to peace talks between the United States and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Shortly after promising peace talks took place, an outbreak of violence between the Talibn and the Afghan government resulted in the United States striking the Taliban. Peace talks remain ongoing but this latest rocket attack in Iraq could strain those talks and priorities.