Two US Soldiers, 1 British Soldier Killed After Rockets Hit Iraq Base

Officials suspect Shi'ite militias in rocket attack

Two American soldiers and one British soldier were killed Wednesday evening when 15 small Katyusha rockets hit Iraq’s Camp Taji. The Pentagon reported 10 other people of various nationalities were wounded.

Details are still emerging, with the US quickly dismissing the idea that this was an ISIS attack by doubting they had the capability, even though Katyusha rockets are virtually ubiquitous among Middle Eastern armed factions.

Instead, officials say they suspect Shi’ite militias in general, and Kataib Hezbollah in particular. The militia is part of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) of Iraq, whose leader was killed in a January US airstrike in Baghdad.

That’s certainly a motive, but it may be wishful thinking for the US officials, as Kataib Hezbollah would be a culprit allowing the US to maintain the same general hostility toward Shi’ite militias. In practice, the US has a lot of potential enemies in the region, and this could be almost any of them.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of