Two U.S. troops were killed and several more injured in a rocket attack on an Iraqi base on Wednesday, according to U.S. officials.
The military has not confirmed who is responsible for the strike.
What are the details?
The Associated Press reported that several U.S. officials confirmed that Americans troops were killed and injured in an attack in Iraq, and one of the sources clarified that two U.S. servicemembers were killed and another ten were injured.
U.S. military spokesman in Iraq Col. Myles Caggins confirmed on Twitter that “more than 15 small rockets impacted Iraq’s Camp Taji base hosting Coalition troops, March 11 at 7:35 p.m. (Iraq Time).” Caggins did not provide further details.
According to ABC News, a British service member was also killed in the attack, which the outlet described as “a move that has the potential to once again ratchet up tensions in the Middle East.”
Fox News noted that “the U.S. military could not confirm who is responsible for Wednesday’s attack but one source told Fox News that ‘ISIS doesn’t have this capability.'”
NBC News’ Tehran bureau chief, Ali Arouzi, reacted to the attack by tweeting, “If this turns out to be Iranian backed militias, possibly avenging Soleimani’s killing it could be the start of another US/Iranian escalation.”
Iran fired missiles at multiple U.S. bases and other targets in Iraq in January, in retaliation over the U.S. killing Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani in an airstrike near the Baghdad airport days prior. No Americans were killed in the January attacks.