Drone attack targets Iraqi base hosting US troops

No injuries in attack on Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq.
Saturday 08/05/2021
A 2020 file photo shows US Soldiers standing at Ain al-Assad air base in Anbar, Iraq. (AFP)
A 2020 file photo shows US Soldiers standing at Ain al-Assad air base in Anbar, Iraq. (AFP)

BAGHDAD--An attack by an unmanned aerial surveillance system on Saturday targeted Iraq’s Ain al-Assad air base in western Iraq which hosts US and other international forces, but it caused no injuries, a coalition spokesman said.

US Army Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the US-led coalition, said on Twitter that the attack was being investigated but that an initial report suggests that the attack took place at 0220 local time and caused damage to a hangar.

The United States accuses Iran-backed militia groups of launching regular rocket attacks against its troops in Iraq. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday’s attack. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. The US has blamed Iran-backed militia groups for previous attacks, most of them rocket attacks that have targeted the American presence in Baghdad and military bases across Iraq.

Drone strikes are less common. In mid-April, an explosive-laden drone targeted the military section of the international airport in Erbil, in Iraq’s northern Kurdish-run region, causing no casualties or damages. The base also hosts US troops.

The Biden administration has resumed strategic talks with Baghdad, initiated under President Donald Trump, in which the future of US troop presence in Iraq is a central point of discussion.