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Escalation Alert Iraq and Syria, US Casualties and Reaction Cycle

Rocket attacks by Iraqi militia (PMU) on Coalition base in Iraq leading to three service personnel killed and retaliatory response denotes possibility of escalation in the Iraq – Syria belt where multiple state and non-state actors are operating at cross purposes with diverse goals and objectives

Two Americans and one British service personnel were killed on 11 March after over a dozen Katyusha rockets hit a military base housing American troops near the Iraqi capital Baghdad

US Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed the coalition casualties.

The group launched about thirty 107 mm rockets against the Iraqi training base. Up to 18 hit the area housing coalition forces who are involved in the mission to train, advise and assist.

"We have pretty good confidence we know who did this," Milley said. "We were able to capture the truck. [It] was a modified truck with rocket tubes on the back."...........................

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