2 explosive-laden drones shot down in Iraqi airbase housing U.S. forces

(Xinhua) 13:24, January 24, 2024

BAGHDAD, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Two explosive-laden drones were shot down Tuesday by the air defense system at the Ayn al-Asad Airbase which houses U.S. troops in the western Iraqi province of Anbar.

An Iraqi army officer told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that the drones were shot down in the evening while attacking the airbase near the town of al-Baghdadi, some 190 km northwest of the capital Baghdad, without causing casualties.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an Iraqi Shiite militia, claimed responsibility for launching two booby-trapped drones toward the airbase.

The militia said in an online statement that its fighters had launched "two separate drone attacks" on the Ayn al-Asad Airbase, stressing that it will continue its attacks on the U.S. bases.

The drone attack is the latest of the armed group's retaliation actions against the U.S. forces amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian enclave of Gaza Strip, according to the statement.

On Saturday, about 20 rockets were launched toward the Ayn al-Asad Airbase. Most of the rockets were shot down except for one rocket that landed on an empty area inside the base, according to an Iraqi military source.

A soldier was wounded by the shrapnels of the rockets that were intercepted by the air defense system and exploded in the air, according to the source.

(Web editor: Zhang Kaiwei, Liang Jun)


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