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Iraq: US army base targeted by suicide drone

Iraq: US army base targeted by suicide drone
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US troops stationed in Iraq have been targeted frequently in recent days, as armed factions have threatened to attack US interests following the country's support for Israel amid the war in Gaza.
US troops are stationed in Iraq in their thousands in a bid to fight off remnants of the Islamic State group [Getty]

A suicide drone hit an airbase in Iraq hosting US troops on Saturday, Iraqi security sources said, but the Pentagon said it could not confirm that such an attack took place.

Armed factions close to Iran have threatened to attack US interests in Iraq over Washington's support for Israel who has waged a brutal war in Gaza, killing 4,385 Palestinians and wounding over 13,000.

Israel's attacks have been carried out in retaliation for a cross-border assault by Hamas on October 7.

"The drone came down inside the (Ain al-Assad) base" in the western province of Anbar, without causing any casualties or damage, a military source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

A statement issued on Telegram channels used by pro-Iranian armed groups said the attack was carried out by a group calling itself the Islamic Resistance in Iraq.

A second Iraqi security source told AFP the attack had involved two suicide drones. "The first was intercepted and the second crashed because of a technical problem," the source said.

The Pentagon, however, said it was unaware of any such attack.

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"We have not seen any operational reporting confirming" that an attack occurred Saturday, a US Defense Department official said on condition of anonymity.

Since Wednesday, three Iraqi bases used by US-led coalition troops have been targeted in five separate attacks - Ain al-Assad, the Al-Harir base in northern Iraq and a military camp near Baghdad airport.

The United States currently has about 2,500 troops stationed at the three bases, alongside around 1,000 soldiers from other countries in tc

The attacks came after factions loyal to Iran stepped up threats against the United States.

One of them, the Hezbollah Brigades, demanded that US forces "leave" Iraq, "otherwise they will taste the fires of hell".