Coalition forces say U.S. bases in Iraq were attacked by drones


There were no reports of casualties in the attack that took place a few days before the meeting between Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Kadimi and U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington.

A rocket attack on a military base stationed by US troops in northern Iraq is the latest attack on Washington’s presence in the country.

Local media stated that the target of the attack was a base near al-Harir 70 kilometers (45 miles) northeast of Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq.

A few days ago, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi predicted meet US President Joe Biden was at the White House on Monday to discuss the possible full withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.

Coalition spokesperson Colonel Wayne Malotto said in a statement on Saturday that in the early hours of Friday morning, “the UAV system affected a coalition base in Kurdistan.”

“This attack caused no casualties or losses,” he said. “The United States and the coalition forces will remain vigilant and maintain their inherent right to self-defense.”

This is the latest in a series of attacks on U.S. military and diplomatic facilities in Iraq and Syria. The attacks were blamed on a pro-Iranian armed group in a state-backed paramilitary force.

At the beginning of this month, Fired two dozen rockets The Al-Ain al-Assad base in western Anbar Province, where Iraqi and US troops are located, was attacked and two soldiers were injured.

At the same time, the United States has conducted several air strikes against Iraqi armed groups in response to the attacks.

In June, the U.S. Army Say it is for operations Weapons storage facilities in two locations in Syria and one in Iraq reportedly killed at least five combatants and injured many others.

Of the 3,500 personnel in the international coalition against ISIL established in 2014, the United States still has about 2,500 personnel deployed in Iraq.

Their departure was a request from the pro-Iranian factions, which have been accused of launching about 50 attacks on US interests in Iraq since the beginning of this year.

The Iraqi Resistance Movement Coordination Committee threatened on Friday that unless the United States withdraws all troops and ends the “occupation”, it will continue to launch attacks.

Most of the US forces deployed as part of the coalition helped defeat ISIL in Iraq in 2017 and were withdrawn under the leadership of former US President Donald Trump.

Those who stayed are officially listed as consultants and trainers for the Iraqi army and counter-terrorism forces.

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