Two drones loaded with explosives were shot down by Iraqi air defenses as they approached the Ain al-Asad air base, which houses US forces, west of Baghdad, an official said. the US-led international military coalition.
In recent weeks, US officials had warned that they expected attacks on US forces in Iraq and Syria to increase, in part because of the second anniversary of the murder of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
A similar attack was foiled on Monday, when Iraqi air defenses shot down two drones as they approached a base housing US forces near Baghdad International Airport.
Separately, another coalition official told Reuters that the coalition carried out strikes against an “imminent threat” after seeing several rocket launch sites near the Green Village in Syria.
Although the official did not say which coalition country led the strikes or who was responsible for the launch sites, Iranian-backed militias have sometimes targeted US forces in Iraq and Syria.
In Washington, the Pentagon said the coalition strikes in Syria were not carried out by air, but did not provide further details of the threat.
“I am not in a position now to enter into a specific attribution. That said, we continue to see threats against our forces in Iraq and Syria by militias supported by Iran,” the spokesman said. Pentagon John Kirby to reporters.
The United States leads the international military coalition that fights Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
There are approximately 900 American troops in Syria and another 2,500 in Iraq.
Soleimani was killed on January 3, 2020 in a drone strike near Baghdad airport ordered by then-US President Donald Trump.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Monday that Trump must stand trial for the murder or else Tehran would take revenge.
Australian Associated Press