At Least Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Rocket Attack on Iraqi Base: Report

A U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division pulls security during a base-defense exercise at Camp Taji, Iraq, January 19, 2020. (Specialist Caroline Schofer/US Army)

At least 15 rockets struck an allied base near Baghdad Wednesday night, killing three, including two American soldiers, a U.S. official said.

No organization has claimed responsibility for the attack, which also wounded at least 11, but a source told Fox News that “ISIS doesn’t have this capability.” The base, Camp Taji, has been a past target of Iranian-backed militia groups.

A spokesman for U.S. Central Command confirmed the attack occurred, but did not reveal the casualty number.


Two Marines were killed earlier this week in northern Iraq while conducting an operation with Iraqi forces against Islamic State fighters, the first U.S. casualties in the country since last August.

In January, Iran launched 15 ballistic missiles at U.S. troops in Iraq, in retaliation for the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani by a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad. Pentagon officials said that 34 U.S. troops suffered concussions or traumatic brain injuries as a result of the strikes, but no one was killed.

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