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The attack, which took place on Saturday evening near Erbil Airport, where an air base is housing international coalition troops, left no casualties.
An attack with “armed drones” targeted Saturday evening the international airport of Erbil, close to the consulate of the United States of this city in the north of Iraq, announced the unit of counterterrorism of Iraqi Kurdistan, assuring that the incident had caused no casualties.
The airport, where there is an air base housing troops of the international anti-jihadist coalition, “was not damaged,” airport manager Ahmed Hochiar told AFP. “There are no casualties in the attack with two armed drones on Erbil International Airport,” the Iraqi Kurdistan Autonomous Region counterterrorism force said in a statement.
An AFP correspondent heard two loud explosions and saw black smoke rise in the air, just as he heard sirens blast from the US consulate. Access to the airport area was sealed off by a strong security presence, witnesses said.
Attacks of this kind, targeting American troops and interests in Iraq in particular, have been recurring in recent months. Never claimed, they are systematically blamed by the United States on Iraqi pro-Iran factions. The new use of drones is a headache for the coalition because these flying devices can escape the C-RAM defense batteries, installed by the US military to defend its troops.
In July, a drone bomb attack was carried out on Erbil International Airport, causing no injuries or damage to property. A few weeks earlier three drones had targeted Baghdad airport, where American soldiers are also deployed.
Nemesis, Iran and the United States both have a presence or allies in Iraq, where Washington deploys some 2,500 troops. Saturday’s Erbil incident comes on the day the United States commemorated 9/11, paying tribute to the victims of the jihadist attacks that killed 3,000 people 20 years ago.
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No damage or injuries have been reported yet, as US interests in Iraq have been the target of repeated attacks in recent months.