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U.S. Army Captain James Văn Thạch at Combat Outpost Shocker, Iraq

Combat Outpost Shocker (COP Shocker) was a United States Coalition base located in Zurbatiyah, Iraq.[1] The base is located parallel to Iraqi 3rd Region BDE Department of Border Enforcement (DBE). Assigned to the base were a contingent of Iraq Assistance Group Military transition teams, United States Border Patrol and U.S. Canine unit. The base planning and design was headed by U.S. Army Captain James Văn Thạch and completed in October 2007.[2]

Rocket attack[]

On 29 June 2011, Iranian-backed Kata'ib Hezbollah, also known as the Hezbollah Brigades fired IRAM rockets that struck COP Shocker.[3][4] The attack resulted in the deaths of three Army soldiers, Captain Matthew G. Nielson,[5] Captain David E. Van Camp [6] and Sergeant Robert G. Tenney.[7]

Transfer of base[]

On 30 July 2011, the United States military turned over responsibility of COP Shocker to the Iraqi 3rd Region BDE Department of Border Enforcement (DBE).

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