Three killed in Camp Taji rocket attack; no Australian casualties

Rockets have been fired by unknown attackers at Camp Taji in Iraq, killing three members of the international coalition stationed there.

In addition, a further 12 personnel were wounded during the attack, according to a news release issued by Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) which oversees operations in the region against the Islamic State.

The nationality or identity of the casualties have not been released pending notification of next-of-kin, although Reuters, citing “U.S. officials”, reported that the dead were two Americans and a British national.

In a statement, Defence has confirmed that the rocket attack, which is the latest of several to have struck the base in recent months, caused “no Australian casualties, with all Australian Defence Force personnel confirmed as being safe”.

CJTF-OIR said that “approximately 18 107mm Katyusha” rockets were launched at the base in this latest attack, with Iraqi security forces later finding a rocket-rigged truck “a few miles” away.

It added that the attack is under investigation by the Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces. Camp Taji, which located northwest of Iraq’s capital Baghdad, is a sprawling Iraqi base that hosts Coalition personnel for training and advising missions.

These include Task Group Taji, a combined Australian-New Zealand military training force whose role is supporting an international effort to train and build the capacity of the regular Iraqi Security Forces.


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Kym Bergmann
Kym Bergmann is the editor for Asia Pacific Defence Reporter (APDR) and Defence Review Asia (DRA). He has more than 25 years of experience in journalism and the defence industry. After graduating with honours from the Australian National University, he joined Capital 7 television, holding several positions including foreign news editor and chief political correspondent. During that time he also wrote for Business Review Weekly, undertaking analysis of various defence matters.After two years on the staff of a federal minister, he moved to the defence industry and held senior positions in several companies, including Blohm+Voss, Thales, Celsius and Saab. In 1997 he was one of two Australians selected for the Thomson CSF 'Preparation for Senior Management' MBA course. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of companies including Raytheon, Tenix and others. He has served on the boards of Thomson Sintra Pacific and Saab Pacific.


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