Rockets strike Iraqi base hosting foreign forces for 3rd time in a week
The Iraqi Al Sumaria news reported that two rockets struck the Basmaya camp, located south of Baghdad, on Tuesday.American troops began training Iraqi troops at the Basmaya camp in 2015 and NATO training activities as part of the NATO Mission Iraq training mission began at the site in 2018.The attack comes just three days after 33 rockets were fired at the Taji base north of Baghdad which houses US-led coalition troops, critically injuring several Iraqi air defense servicemen, according to Reuters.One US soldier, one US contractor and one British soldier were killed in an attack in which 18 107 mm Katyusha rockets were fired on the Taji military camp last Wednesday. Arab reports indicated that about 12 other soldiers were injured in the attack as well. One Polish soldier was also reportedly injured in the attack.Camp Taji, a base holding US troops, has been hit in the past by Katyusha rockets fired by Iranian-allied militias, including Kataeb Hezbollah – an Iraqi branch of the Lebanese Shiíte terrorist organization. In January, the camp was struck by Iranian ballistic missiles in an attack carried out in response to the assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani. During the attack, a Ukrainian passenger plane was shot down over Tehran. According to Iranian officials, it was mistakenly identified as a cruise missile fired by US forces.
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