Attack Targets US Base in Iraqi Kurdistan

The "Islamic Resistance in Iraq" declared the targeting of a U.S. base near Erbil airport by a drone, in the latest attack carried out by the coalition of Iraqi armed factions that has been launching attacks on American bases in the region for three months.

Attack Targets US Base in Iraqi Kurdistan

The "Islamic Resistance in Iraq" declared the targeting of a U.S. base near Erbil airport by a drone, in the latest attack carried out by the coalition of Iraqi armed factions that has been launching attacks on American bases in the region for three months.

A statement issued by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq said that the attack comes as "a continuation of its approach in resisting the American occupation forces in Iraq and the region, and as a response to the Zionist entity's massacres against the people of Gaza."

Earlier, Reuters reported, citing security sources, that defense systems shot down an armed drone on Thursday over the airport in Erbil in northern Iraq, where US and other international forces are stationed at a nearby military base.

The Kurdistan Regional Counter-Terrorism Service (KRG) denied the incident and said in a statement that "no drone was shot down."

Two security sources confirmed that a drone was intercepted and downed at around 7:10 p.m. local time, and that an explosion was heard near the airport.

Last week, the Counter-Terrorism Service in Iraqi Kurdistan said it downed another car bomb targeting international coalition and US forces stationed near Erbil airport.

A day earlier, the security service confirmed a similar attack for which the Islamic Resistance in Iraq (ISI) had claimed responsibility.

US officials have reported more than 100 attacks against US interests in Iraq and Syria since mid-October, days after the start of Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip.

Most of these attacks were claimed by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq (ISL), an armed group allied to Iran and affiliated with the PMF.

"Washington has 2,500 troops in Iraq and nearly 900 in Syria fighting the Islamic State as part of the international coalition established in 2014."


Source: Al Jazeera + Reuters