posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 05:14 AM
The recently arrived British Black Watch regiment was greeted by mortar fire as they occupied “Camp Dogwood”. The unit which was moved at the request
of the United States, reported no casualties from the attack.
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Two mortars hit a military base in a restive region south of Baghdad where a battle group of British soldiers have recently arrived,
causing no casualties, a spokesman said.
"Two mortars landed this morning in the complex but there was no damage or injuries," British military spokesman Major Charles Mayo told AFP.
Camp Dogwood -- a vast area with a perimeter of some 40 kilometres (25 miles) -- lies to the west of the rebel town of Mahmudiyah which is part of a
so-called "triangle of death" along with Latifiyah and Iskandariyah in Babil province.
The sheer size of the camp and the small area the British troops occupy meant they had not been in any real danger, said Mayo.
The last of some 850 troops from the Black Watch regiment and support personnel arrived in Camp Dogwood Friday on a US-requested mission to free up
their American counterparts to tackle other insurgent hotspots.
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The camp has a huge perimeter of almost 40 kilometers and is west of the rebel held town of Mahmudiyah. The regiment was moved into this location to
free up U.S. troops to continue their assault on insurgents before the January Iraq elections.