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Drone attack hits near US forces in Erbil, northern Iraq

A view of US military vehicles provided to the Peshmerga forces of Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (IKRG) in Erbil, Iraq on September 08, 2021 [Karzan Mohammad / Anadolu Agency]
A view of US military vehicles provided to the Peshmerga forces of Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (IKRG) in Erbil, Iraq on September 08, 2021 [Karzan Mohammad / Anadolu Agency]

A drone attack hit near US forces stationed at Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq on Saturday, Iraqi Kurdish security officials said, reported Reuters.

The internal security service for Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, of which Erbil is the capital, initially said three rockets had hit near the airport.

A second statement by the Kurdish counter-terrorism force said the attack had been carried out by explosive-laden drones.

There were no immediate reports of casualties. Witnesses said they heard at least six explosions in the area.

Read: Daesh attack kills 10 policemen near Iraq's Kirkuk

The airport in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region, has come under attack several times in the past year, including by drones carrying explosives.

US officials blame previous attacks on Iran-aligned Shi'ite Muslim militias which have vowed to fight until the remaining 2,500 US military personnel leave the country.

The US forces are leading an international military coalition whose mandate is to help Iraqi forces fight remnants of Daesh. The coalition did not immediately comment on Saturday's incident.

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