A booby-trapped drone attack targeted the Ain Al-Asad air base, which includes American forces, in Anbar Province, western Iraq, and resulted in damage, according to the international coalition.
A spokesman for the International Coalition in Iraq said that the attack on the base that occurred on Saturday morning did not result in any casualties, but it led to the destruction of the hangar. Read also Iraq .. missile attack on Ain Al-Assad base She said that the response to attacking “Ain al-Assad” would be deliberate … America: We will do what is necessary to protect our forces in Iraq It hosts American contractors … Targeting Balad Air Base north of Baghdad with 3 missiles
The spokesman added that an investigation had been opened to find out the circumstances of the attack on the base, which includes American and Iraqi forces.
For its part, Iraqi security sources reported that Iraqi and coalition forces are mobilizing inside the Ain Al-Assad base in anticipation of other possible attacks.
In turn, a leader in the tribal crowd in Anbar said that this attack was carried out by those who described them as outlaw elements, and described what happened as a breach of security.
The attack was the second to hit Ain Al-Asad Air Base in less than a week, as it was targeted by two Katyusha missiles last Tuesday, without causing any casualties, according to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.
This was the third missile attack of its kind targeting US forces in Iraq within 3 days.
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Details of the attack
The Anadolu News Agency quoted an officer in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, who said that the booby-trapped drone exploded near the places where the Iraqi army was deployed at the base, without causing any casualties.
The source added that the Iraqi security forces began a search operation in the area surrounding the air base for the source of the drone launch.
The Ain Al-Assad base is located near the town of Al-Baghdadi, 90 km west of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, and is the largest military base for US forces in Iraq.
Following previous attacks, Iraqi forces discovered missile launchers near this air base.
Washington has repeatedly accused Shiite armed factions of targeting sites where its forces are stationed in Iraq, and has responded to some attacks with air strikes that killed dozens of militants from those factions.