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New drone attack targets US troops in Iraq

A drone attack on Monday targeted a military base in northern Iraq used by the United States and anti-jihadist coalition forces, American and Iraqi officials said.

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The number of attacks targeting the coalition, which has deployed troops to Iraq to fight the Islamic State group, has increased since the war between Israel and Hamas began on October 7.

In Monday’s incident, a drone was launched toward a base near Erbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan, Yehia Rasool, the Iraqi prime minister’s spokesperson for military affairs, said in a statement. .

The attack left people injured, Rasool said, without giving further details.

A US military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to AFP that a drone attack had been launched “on US and coalition forces” at the airbase, adding “we are still waiting for a assessment of injuries and damage (if applicable).

Shortly after the drone attack, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed to have launched a drone against another base, near Harir, northeast of Erbil.

This base also houses U.S. and coalition forces.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq is an informal formation of armed groups affiliated with the Hashed al-Shaabi coalition of former paramilitaries who are now integrated into the regular Iraqi armed forces.

US military officials have counted 103 attacks against their troops in Iraq and Syria since October 17.

The majority of these attacks have been claimed by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, which opposes US support for Israel in its war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

In early December, the American embassy in Baghdad was targeted by rocket fire. This attack, the first of its kind since the start of the war in Gaza, was not claimed by any group.

Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani’s office announced several arrests and said some had links to security services.

Washington has about 2,500 troops deployed in Iraq and about 900 in Syria. The international coalition has been fighting the Islamic State group since 2014.

(AFP)

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