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Rocket Attack Kills Two US Troops and British Soldier on Iraq Base

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On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, two U.S. troops and a British solider were killed in a rocket attack on a military base in Iraq, according to a U.S. official.

In addition, the official reported that roughly a dozen coalition personnel were injured during the attack. However, this was the initial report and could be subject to change.

Foreign coalition members suffered wounds ranging from “light to critical”, a coalition official told AFP.

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Britain’s Defense Ministry stated it was “aware of an incident involving UK service personnel” in Iraq and an investigation was being conducted.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the attack as “deplorable” and said the UK foreign minister had reached out US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Coalition spokesman Colonel Myles Caggins revealed that more than 15 rockets struck the base, which is located close to Baghdad.

Previously, the Iraqi army said the attack on the Taji base did not bring about any injuries or damage.

According to Iraqi security forces, they discovered the launch vehicle that was allegedly used to carry out the attacks.

Images posted on social media showed a vehicle that was converted to launch Katyusha rockets.

The U.S. government has blamed Iran-backed factions from Iraq’s Hashed Al Shaabi military network for recent attacks that shared a similar M.O.

After Wednesday’s attack, three warplanes likely belonging to the US-led coalition attacked Hashed positions on Iraq’s border with Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“Ten explosions shook the area near Albukamal,” said the organization’s head, Rami Abdulrahman.

Tensions have been heating up since the U.S. government took out Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani earlier in January.

This is another illustration why the U.S. should completely abandon the Middle East, a region that is condemned to instability.

Hopefully, Trump gets the memo and starts pulling troops out of the region.

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Bloodthirsty Mexican Cartel Leaves Ominous Message for Border Patrol Agents in Texas

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Border Patrol agents found a message from the Los Zetas Cartel at the end of June.

At the time, the agents were patrolling the area in response “to a large drug load crossing into the U.S.”, according to a report from Breitbart News.

The city in question, Rio Grande City, Texas, is located in Starr County which is on the border with Mexico. Breitbart News noted that this area is “under the control of the Gulf Cartel, due to the small cartel-controlled community of Camargo directly across the Rio Grande.”

Breitbart Texas has covered a turf war going down between Cartel Del Noreste (CDN)/Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel over the last year. On June 9, 2020, a shooting kicked off between the two cartels near Comales, which is south of Rio Grande City and not too far away from it.

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U.S. border agents were put on notice about cartel members attempting to escape into Texas at the time. Border agents discovered armored vehicles that demonstrated clear burn marks, likely the result of the use of explosives against them. Strangely, there were no bodies found near the scene.

The message that Los Zetas left behind on June 26 was intended to put border patrol on notice that this area was their new turf.

Mexico is clearly a failed state, with well-equipped cartels running around and making state security forces look foolish

U.S. needs to put emphasis on border security and restricting immigration if it wants to get a handle of this situation.

Too bad it’s focusing all of its time defending other countries’ borders.

 

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