The Iraqi base that houses American and Coalition troops in Taji was rocked with another rocket attack on Saturday morning. Just three days ago, on Wednesday, another attack at the same base killed two Americans and a British soldier at Taji.
Three coalition troops and two Iraqis were wounded in the rocket attack, Coalition spokesperson Colonel Myles Caggins said on Twitter. Joint Operations Command reported the “critical injuries” of “a number” of Iraqi troops adding that the wounded were part of the Air Force. The nationalities of the wounded coalition soldiers, on the other hand, were not released.
The U.S.-led coalition said that at least 25 107mm rockets struck Camp Taji just before 11 a.m. Iraqi sources put the number of rockets at 33. Some struck the area where coalition forces are based, while others fell on air defense units, an Iraqi military statement said.
Iraqi security forces quickly discovered seven platforms from which the rockets were fired, north of Baghdad in the Abu Azam area. There were an additional 24 missiles on the site and ready to launch. But the attackers fled before launching them. Similarly to what transpired in the attack of three days ago, some of the missiles were still in the launchers but failed to fire. They were disarmed by Iraqi personnel.