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US shoots down pair of Iranian drones attacking Iraq airport


The US military on Saturday shot down two Iranian drones attacking the Kurdish-held Erbil airport in Iraq, defense officials said.

The late attack on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 reported no casualties or damage, according to a spokesperson for the US-led coalition in northern Iraq.

“Every attack on the GoI, KRI and Coalition undermines the authority of Iraqi institutions, the rule of law and Iraqi national sovereignty,” Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson Colonel Wayne Marotto tweeted on Saturday. . “These attacks endanger the lives of civilians and partner forces of the ISF, Peshmerga and the Coalition.”

The drones were brought down by the US counter-rocket, artillery and mortar system, a US official told Fox News.

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Some US troops are based at Erbil Airport, which has been the subject of recent attacks by Iranian-backed militias. In February, a civilian contractor was killed after at least three rockets were hit near the military base in Erbil on Monday.

The attack in Iraq is the first in about two months since July 8, when rockets struck in and around the green zone in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, which is home to the United States embassy. There was property damage and injuries reported to two US servicemen.

There are around 2,500 troops left in Iraq and around 900 in neighboring Syria to maintain a security presence against ISIS’s reform efforts in the region.

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The Washington Examiner contacted US Central Command but did not immediately receive a response.

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Original author: Kaelan Deese

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