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Armed drones shot down over Iraq airport where US forces based

November 7, 2023 at 4:53 pm

View of centre of a roundabout near Erbil’s International airport in the capital of Iraq’s autonomous northern Kurdish region on April 15, 2021 [SAFIN HAMID/AFP via Getty Images]

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.

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