Attack by Unmanned Aerial Surveillance System Targets Iraqi Air Base – US-Led Coalition

FILE PHOTO: Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri and other top commanders visit Iranian-made military drones as they are unveiled in an exhibition in Semnan, Iran January 4, 2021.REUTERS./

BAGHDAD, May 8 (Reuters) – An attack by an unmanned aerial surveillance system on Saturday targeted Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq which hosts U.S. and other international forces, but it caused no injuries, a coalition spokesman said.

U.S. Army Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, said on Twitter that the attack was being investigated but that an initial report suggests that the attack took place at 0220 local time and caused damage to a hangar.

The United States accuses Iran-backed militia groups of launching regular rocket attacks against its troops in Iraq. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday’s attack.

(Reporting by Amina Ismail Editing by Gareth Jones)

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