The US’s C-RAM defence system shoots down the drones above the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq’s western desert, the Iraqi military says.
The Iraqi military has mentioned that two drones have been destroyed above a base housing United States troops, one month after the identical base was focused by an armed drone.
The US navy’s C-RAM defence system was activated to shoot down the drones above the Ain al-Asad airbase, positioned in Iraq’s western desert, the Iraqi navy mentioned on Sunday.
A number of hours earlier a rocket was shot down above Baghdad airport, “with out inflicting casualties or harm,” mentioned Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the US-led navy coalition in Iraq.
The coalition was despatched to Iraq to assist the nation’s navy combat the ISIL (ISIS) group – a marketing campaign that Baghdad declared received in late 2017.
The US navy had withdrawn its troops from Iraq in December 2011 below former President Barack Obama, virtually 9 years after the US-led navy invasion toppled longtime Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
There was no instant declare of duty for Sunday’s assault.
The US constantly blames Iran-linked Iraqi factions for rocket assaults in opposition to Iraqi installations housing its personnel.
On Might 8, an assault by an unmanned aerial surveillance system focused the Ain al-Asad base, but it surely brought about no accidents.
Because the begin of this yr, there have been 39 assaults in opposition to US pursuits in Iraq.
The overwhelming majority have been bombs in opposition to logistics convoys, whereas 14 have been rocket assaults, a few of them claimed by pro-Iran factions, who intention to stress Washington into withdrawing all their troops.
Using drones in opposition to American pursuits by these factions is a comparatively new tactic, though the US navy has beforehand accused pro-Iran Iraqi teams of serving to Yemen’s Houthi rebels perform assaults utilizing such units in opposition to Saudi pursuits.
Iran has denied the accusations.