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UAV Attacks Iraq’s Ain Al-Asad Air Base That Hosts US Forces

Sputnik News – The US-led coalition said that an attack by an unmanned aerial surveillance system had targeted Iraq’s Ain Al-Asad air base, which is hosting US forces.

According to US Army Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the coalition, the attack had caused damage to a hangar and was being investigated.

Neither US nor coalition troops assigned to the base were injured.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Ain Al-Asad Air Base, located north of the capital of Baghdad, is the only base in the country still hosting the troops of the international anti-terrorist coalition.

In mid-February, a dozen rockets hit the Erbil air base, killing a civilian contractor and injuring nine others, including a US serviceman. A small Shiite militant group reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. Iraqi Kurdistan President Nechirvan Barzani called on the United Nations and the UN Security Council to step up efforts for protecting the civilian population.

Early last year, the Iraqi parliament voted to end the presence of all foreign forces in the country in response to Washington’s decision to launch a drone attack near Baghdad International Airport that killed senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani. According to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, the potential of the national security services has increased significantly and will soon enable the country to forgo the need for foreign forces.

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