Iraq: Base hosting U.S., Coalition troops hit by drone attack

Iraq: Base hosting U.S., Coalition troops hit by drone attack
Iran-backed Hashd militia troops flying the Khataib Hezbollah flag man a U.S. 155mm howitzer in fighting in Iraq. (Image via Twitter, Mohamad 6234)

[Ed. – Highlighting this one because of where it is: well north of Erbil, in the Kurdish area of Iraq.  Attacks on the Coalition have not been common there since Mosul was retaken more than four years ago.  There’ve been some attacks in Erbil itself, but this is nearly 50 miles north of the city.  Presumably Iran is behind it.]

Local media said the attack targeted a base near al-Harir, 70km (45 miles) northeast of Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

It took place days before Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi is expected to meet US President Joe Biden at the White House on Monday to discuss a possible full US troop withdrawal from Iraq.

“An unmanned aerial system impacted a coalition base in Kurdistan” in the early hours of Friday, coalition spokesman Colonel Wayne Marotto said in a statement on Saturday.

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“There were no casualties and no damage as a result of the attack,” he said, adding “the United States and coalition forces will stay vigilant and maintain the inherent right to self-defence.”

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