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Drone attack targeted base housing US troops in Erbil countryside: Coalition

  2021-07-24  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo -An undated view of Bashur Airfield northeast of Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – A drone targeted a base housing the US troops near Hariri sub-district northeast of Kurdistan Region’s capital Erbil on Friday, a spokesperson for the US-led Coalition said on Saturday (July 24). 

“A drone targeted a base hosting the Global Coalition forces in Kurdistan Region,” Wayne Marotto, the spokesperson for the US-led Coalition Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), told the Iraqi News Agency (INA). 

There were no reported casualties, Marotto added. 

The attack was carried out by “a fix wing UAV 27 KG that targeted a hangar of drones which is used by CIA in Bashur base,” Sabereen News, affiliated with the hardline militia groups within the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), said on Telegram. 

Following the drone attack, Thaereen Brigade, a hardened militia group, claimed responsibility for the attack on Friday evening, claiming it was conducted through a "booby-trapped drones” at around 02:00 am.

“United States and the Coalition forces are vigilant and will reserve the right to self-defense,” Marotto told the INA. 

Drone and rockets by shadowy militia groups are coming targeting the US assets and interests in Iraq including in Erbil.

The Iran-backed Iraq militia groups oppose to the presence of about 3,500 foreign troops, 2,500 US soldiers, in Iraq.

US and Iraq are holding the fourth round of the strategic dialogue in Washington to put a timetable for the withdrawal of the US troops from Iraq and shift from the US military to advisory role. 

On Saturday, the National Security Adviser, Qassem al-Araji, said that the Iraqi delegation had told the US officials that “Iraq does not need any foreign combat force,” noting the foreign troops should retreat from Iraq by December 31, 2021.  

In 2020, the Iraqi parliament passed a non-binding resolution for the withdrawal of the foreign forces. Most of the Kurdish and Sunnis lawmakers avoided the vote. 

(Zhyan English)