Rocket attack on Australian camp in Iraq

Defence can confirm a rocket attack occurred at the Taji Military Camp on the evening of 11 March 2020 (local time).

FILE PHOTO: An Iraqi Army soldier disarms an enemy role player during a rehearsal of the Officer and Junior Leaders Course culminating activity at Taji Military Complex, Iraq. Photo by Corporal David Said.

There are no Australian casualties, with all Australian Defence Force personnel confirmed as being safe.

Defence is closely monitoring the situation.

The safety of our people is our highest priority.

Issued by Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

 

UPDATES: Three people killed in the attack have been named as…

US Army Specialist Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias, aged 27;
US Air Force Staff Sergeant Marshal D. Roberts, aged 28; and,
Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon, aged 26.

One Polish soldier was also wounded.

The US retaliated for this attack two days later, hitting five sites they believed stored rockets or were used to produce rocket propellant.

One day after that, at least 10 rockets were fired at Camp Taji in a second attack.

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