Drone strike at Iraq base hosting US troops in Baghdad

Drone strike at Iraq base hosting US troops in Baghdad
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14 June, 2021
No injuries or damage occurred at Camp Victory, which was hit by a strike early on Monday.
Camp Victory in Baghdad hosts US forces [AFP/Getty]

A drone attack hit a military base in Iraq hosting US forces early on Monday, according to a figure with Iraq's security services.

No injuries, deaths, or damage was reported, according to The New Arab's Arabic-language sister service, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

The drone released two explosive projectiles above Camp Victory, which is next to Baghdad International Airport, a source with Baghdad Operations Command said.

The source explained this was the first such drone attack to use this technique in Iraq and that it is now the subject of inquiries.

Images of the base were posted to Twitter by Iraqi outfit Shafaq News, which also confirmed that no one was hurt.

US troops are at the base, which is used jointly with Iraqi security, as part of the global coalition against the Islamic State group, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed said.

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It follows an earlier drone attack last week when three unmanned vehicles were used.

On Sunday, there were several explosions after civilian vehicles moving supplies for the coalition in three Iraqi governorates, including Salahuddin were targeted, damaging the trucks.

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The Qasim Al-Jabbarin militant group claimed responsibility for one of these explosions. The organisation first became known publicly after the death of the Iranian military Major General Qasem Soleimani.

The Salahuddin Governorate was also hit separately in the past week, when the Balad Air Base was targeted with missile fire.

The base contains contractors for a US company that fixes F16 fighter jets.