US forces shoot down two explosive-laden drones heading for Iraqi base

Parts of the wreckage of a drone are laid out on the ground near the Ain al-Asad airbase, in the western Anbar province of Iraq, Tuesday, January 4, 2022

US forces have shot down two explosive-laden drones heading for an Iraqi military base, a day after similar devices with ‘Soleimani’s revenge’ written on their wings were intercepted over Baghdad.

The drones are reported to have been an Iraqi military base housing US troops in western Anbar province, officials said.

It is the second such attempted attack coinciding with the anniversary of the 2020 Trump-ordered US air strike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani near Baghdad airport.

On Monday, two armed drones were shot down as they headed toward a facility housing US advisers at the same airport.

According to the official, the fixed-wing drones rigged with explosives were engaged and destroyed by defensive capabilities at the Ain al-Asad airbase.

An Iraqi military statement confirmed the attempted attack, saying the drones were shot down outside the parameters of the base.

The facility houses troops with the US-led international coalition fighting the so-called Islamic State group (IS) in Iraq.

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