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Drone attack on Iraqi base hosting US troops creates panic

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

A drone attack on a military base in Iraq, hosting the US troops, has created panic in Iraqi and the US troops. Attack was carried out on a military base in Iraqi Kurdistan that hosts American troops, without causing any casualties.

The attack occurs two days ahead of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhemi expected meeting with the US President Joe Biden in Washington on Monday to discuss a possible full US troop withdrawal from his country.

An unmanned aerial system impacted a coalition base in Kurdistan in the early hours of Friday, coalition spokesman US Colonel Wayne Marotto said in a statement issued on Saturday (July 24).

“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.”

Iraqi Kurdish media outlets said the attack targeted a base at Al-Harir, 70 kilometres (45 miles) northeast of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region.

It was the latest in a spate of attacks on US military and diplomatic facilities in Iraq, blamed on pro-Iranian armed groups within a state-sponsored paramilitary force.

The United States still has around 2,500 troops deployed in Iraq, out of 3,500 men in the international coalition set up in 2014 to fight the Daesh group.

Javed Mahmood
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