Three armed drones were shot down on Tuesday in two separate attacks over Erbil Airport in northern Iraq where US forces and other international forces are stationed, Iraqi Kurdistan’s counter-terrorism service said in a statement, Reuters reports.
The attacks are the latest in a series on US troops in Iraq and Syria as tensions soar in the Middle East over the Israel-Palestine war.
A group called the “Islamic Resistance in Iraq” said it targeted Al-Harir military base, which is about 70 km north-east of Erbil Airport.
The defence system at a military base near the airport successfully defended against the drones, the statement said. There were no casualties or damage to infrastructure, a US Defence Department official said.
Coalition forces have been attacked at least 38 times since 17 October; most of these attacks failed to reach their targets, thanks to our robust defences, the US official added.
Iraqi Prime Minister, Mohammed Al-Sudani, has pledged to pursue those responsible for recent attacks on three military bases in Iraq hosting international coalition advisers, including Ain Al-Asad in western Iraq, a military base near Baghdad’s International Airport and Harir in Erbil.