Drone attack on Iraqi base hosting US troops

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Jul 24, 2021, 04:59 PM(IST)

A drone (representative image). Photograph:( Reuters )

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This is the latest in a spate of drone attacks on US military and diplomatic facilities in Iraq

US-led coalition in Iraq said on Saturday that a drone attack was carried out on military base hosting US troops. The base is located in Iraqi Kurdistan. There were no casualties.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi is expected to meet US President Joe Biden in Washington on Monday. They may discuss a possible full US troop pullout.

"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.

"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.

The attack has been blamed on pro-Iranian armed groups. The attack is latest in a spate of attacks on US military and diplomatic facilities in Iraq.

(With inputs from agencies)

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