2 US Soldiers and 1 UK Soldier Killed in Rocket Strike in Iraq

A United States Marine Corps High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) fires a rocket during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 at the Bradshaw Field Training Area in the Northern Territory. *** Local Caption *** The powerful capability of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) was displayed during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 at the Bradshaw Field Training Area. The HIMARS was deployed to the Northern Territory by the 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, an artillery battalion based in Okinawa, Japan. HIMARS is able to engage and defeat artillery, air defence concentrations, non armoured vehicles or light armour and personnel carriers, as well as provide support troop and supply concentrations. The HIMARS can launch rockets or missiles and move away from the area at high-speed before enemy forces can locate the launch site.

Two American soldiers and one British soldier were killed last week in a rocket attack on Camp Taji, Iraq. There have been 3 rocket attacks this week alone. Twenty others were injured in an attack that British prime minister Boris Johnson is calling “deplorable.” The last time there was a rocket attack on a coalition base in Iraq, a drone strike was ordered on the former Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander, Qassem Suleimani. This led to escalation from Iraq that ended with the accidental shooting down of a commercial airliner, killing over 150 people. There are fears that the US retaliation could lead to further tension with Iraq.

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