Second rocket attack strikes base housing US forces in Iraq

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A UH-60 Blackhawk carrying U.S. Soldiers lands at Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 7, 2020. Soldiers aboard the aircraft arrived at Camp Taji due to heightened security measures.

A UH-60 Blackhawk carrying U.S. Soldiers lands at Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 7, 2020. Soldiers aboard the aircraft arrived at Camp Taji due to heightened security measures.

A fresh barrage of rockets struck a base housing U.S. and other coalition troops north of Baghdad, U.S. military officials announced Saturday, just days after a similar attack killed two U.S. service members there.

More than two dozen 107 mm Katyusha rockets hit Camp Taji on Saturday, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Army Col. Myles B. Caggins III said on Twitter.

Five coalition members and two Iraqi soldiers were wounded in the attack, Caggins told the Associated Press.

According to Reuters, the Iraqi military recovered seven rocket launchers and 24 unused rockets in the nearby area.

An assessment and investigation into the attack are ongoing, Caggins said.

The attack came two days after a similar strike killed two Americans and one British service member stationed at Camp Taji.

Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias, 27, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28, were both killed when an Iranian-backed militia fired rockets at the base on Wednesday.

The U.S. retaliated for the attack on Thursday, striking five weapon storage facilities belonging to Kata’ib Hezbollah, the Pentagon announced.

“The United States will not tolerate attacks against our people, our interests, or our allies,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday. “As we have demonstrated in recent months, we will take any action necessary to protect our forces in Iraq and the region.”