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US says armed drones brought down at Baghdad airport

Two armed drones were shot down at Baghdad airport on Monday, a US-led coalition official says. The incident happened on the second anniversary of the US assassination of Iran’s top anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.

There were no reports of damage or injuries from the incident, which was also confirmed by an Iraqi security official.

The official with the US-led international coalition told The Associated Press that the C-RAM defense system at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center engaged two fixed wing “suicide drones.”

“This was a dangerous attack on a civilian airport,” the coalition official added.

The Iraqi security official who confirmed the incident stated the drones were headed toward a US base at Baghdad airport housing US advisors.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Anti-US sentiment has been running deep in Iraq since the assassination of Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Units, along with the region’s legendary anti-terror Commander General Soleimani in Baghdad.

They were targeted along with their companions on January 3, 2020, in a terrorist drone strike authorized by former US President Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport.

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