Iraqi air base hosting US troops targeted in drone attack

Source: The Hill | May 8, 2021 | Celine Castronuovo

An Iraqi air base that hosts U.S. troops was the target of a drone attack early Saturday, though no injuries or deaths were reported. 

A spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq tweeted Saturday morning announcing the attack at Ain al-Asad air base, saying it was carried out by an “unmanned aerial surveillance system.”

The spokesperson, Col. Wayne Marotto, noted that initial reports indicated damage to a hangar but no injuries were reported. He said the incident was under investigation.

An Iraqi military statement also confirmed the attack, according to The Associated Press

Marotto tweeted Saturday that “each attack” against coalition forces “undermines the authority of Iraqi institutions, the rule of law and Iraqi national sovereignty.”

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