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Iran’s temporary chastening and America’s retreat
 
10/20/2020
 

Missile Barrage in Iraq Kills Two Americans and One British Soldier

Iran’s temporary chastening and America’s retreat

BY WARREN REINSCH

Iranian-backed militias have yet again crossed United States President Donald Trump’s redline. Two Americans and one British soldier were killed when a barrage of 15 Katyusha rockets hit the Taji military base a few kilometers north of Baghdad. Several other coalition personnel were injured, according to Fox News when the rockets crashed into the military base at 7:52 local time on Wednesday evening.

The deaths bring the number of Americans killed in Iraq this week up to four, as two U.S. marines were killed fighting the Islamic State earlier in the week.

After the Wednesday missile barrage, the U.S. conducted air strikes against Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militia. The U.S. strikes hit four targets, according to Al Jazeera, from which injuries have been reported, but no fatalities have been confirmed.

The Pentagon said the U.S. struck "weapons-storage facilities … used to target U.S. troops" in what it called "defensive precision strikes." United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab supported the joint U.S.-Britain air strikes, calling them a "proportionate" response.

 
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