US troops at Northern Iraqi airport targeted by attack drones

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According to security authorities and officials in the Kurdish-run territory, explosive-laden drones targeted Irbil international airport in northern Iraq late Saturday, where US-led coalition soldiers are stationed, with no reports of injuries.

At least two drones carrying explosives were claimed to have targeted the airport by Kurdistan's Counter-Terrorism Service. According to the report, there were no casualties as a result of the strike.

According to Lawk Ghafuri, a spokeswoman for the semi-autonomous northern region, the bombs were detonated outside the airport, who denied allegations that the incident had disrupted flights. He stated that the airport remained open and that Kurdish authorities were conducting an inquiry.

The attack comes after a two-month hiatus in drone and rocket attacks against the US military presence in Baghdad and military bases around Iraq. On July 8, rockets were fired into and surrounding Baghdad's strongly protected Green Zone, which houses the US Embassy. It resulted in property damage but no injuries.

Until recently, the attacks were rather common. The US has blamed the assault on Iran-backed militias. The attacks have recently become more sophisticated, with insurgents employing drones rather than Katyusha rockets.

By the end of this year, US forces will have completed their combat mission in Iraq, but they will continue to train and advise the Iraqi military. 2,500 US troops are presently stationed in Iraq, assisting local forces in combating the Islamic State's remnants.

Publish : 2021-09-12 10:20:00

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