Wednesday, September 12, 2007

'Source': Camp Victory attack used Iranian rocket fired from Sadr-controlled area of Baghdad; Evidence to be presented at press conference Thursday

Above: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Pace and Secretary of Defense Gates in front of the Al-Faw Palace earlier this year. The Al-Faw Palace, which serves as the headquarters for the Multinational Corps-Iraq, is located on Camp Victory.

U.S. military officials in Iraq tell ABC News that a rocket used in an attack on coalition headquarters at Camp Victory Tuesday was made in Iran. Officials say the rocket, which narrowly missed its target, was fired from an area of Baghdad controlled by Shia militia leader Moqtada al Sadr.

Officials say it landed so close that it shook the windows of the al Faw Palace, which houses the operational headquarters of U.S. forces in Iraq. The top two American military officials in Iraq -- Gen. David Petraeus and Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno -- both have offices in the building. A video teleconference of senior officers was abruptly halted as officials rushed outside to see what was hit.

The attack wounded 11 coalition troops and killed one foreign worker.

Officials say Maj. Gen. Kevin Bergner, the spokesman for U.S. forces in Iraq, will display fragments of the 240mm rocket -- complete with Iranian markings -- at a press conference in Baghdad Thursday.

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