Includes coalition forces..targeting the Iraqi base of Ain Al-Assad with two booby-trapped drones
The Iraqi air defense thwarted an attack by two booby-trapped drones today, Tuesday, that tried to target the Ain Al-Assad military base, which includes forces of the international coalition led by Washington.
For the second time in 48 hours, these military bases are targeted by drones.
The Iraqi army and coalition officials announced the interception and shooting down of two drones in the airspace of Ain al-Assad Air Base, and Al-Jazeera correspondent, quoting a source in the tribal mobilization in the region, said that the defense system managed to shoot down the two planes before they reached the base.
The same source indicated that the coalition mobilized its forces inside the base in anticipation of any further attack.
Al-Jazeera correspondent in Iraq, Samer Youssef, said that the Security Media Authority said briefly that the Ain Al-Assad air base, west of Anbar, was attacked with two booby-trapped marches, noting that they were dropped outside the walls of the base, which was shown by the images that were broadcast.
The reporter said that this attack is similar to yesterday’s attack, which targeted the Baghdad Center for Diplomatic Support at Baghdad Airport, noting that one of the two rallies (which targeted the center) wrote “the leaders’ revenge operations.”
targeting and destroying
For his part, an official source in the coalition told AFP that two booby-trapped drones were thwarted today, Tuesday, which tried to target an Iraqi military base that houses forces of the international coalition led by Washington, and an official in the coalition said that the two drones were shot down.
The official said, “The defense capabilities of the Iraqi Ain al-Assad base destroyed two booby-trapped drones this morning.”
This attack is the second in less than two days, after a similar attack yesterday, Monday, coinciding with the second anniversary of the killing of the Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani and the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, in an American strike at Baghdad airport.
A failed attempt
“The attempted attack was unsuccessful, and there are no casualties,” the official added.
The source, who preferred not to be identified, explained, “We maintain a minimum presence in the Iraqi bases. The coalition no longer has special bases in Iraq.”
Yesterday, Monday, an American diplomatic center at Baghdad airport, which includes advisory forces from the international coalition, was attacked by two booby-trapped drones, which were thwarted.
Soleimani was responsible for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s foreign operations and one of the most prominent architects of the Islamic Republic’s regional policy. He and Al-Muhandis were killed by a US drone strike shortly after they left Baghdad Airport on January 3, 2020.
interests and targeting
Since the assassination of Soleimani and al-Muhandis, dozens of attacks have targeted American interests in Iraq, sometimes with missiles or drones, including the vicinity of the American embassy in Iraq, and Iraqi military bases that include forces from the international coalition, such as Ain al-Assad in the west of the country, or Erbil airport in the north.
And Iraq officially announced on the ninth of last December that the presence of foreign “combat” forces in the country ended at the end of 2021 and that the new mission of the international coalition is advisory and training only, in implementation of an agreement announced for the first time last July in Washington by the current US President Joe Biden during the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.