Second drone attack on US forces foiled in Iraq


A second attempted drone attack on U.S. forces in Iraq was foiled on Tuesday after Iraq's air defenses shot down armed drones that were headed toward a U.S. air base west of Baghdad.

An official with the U.S.-led international military coalition confirmed the attempted attack on the Ain al-Asad air base, according to Reuters.

On Monday, a similar attack was attempted, but the drones were shot down. 

U.S. and Iraqi security officials said at the time that the drones had targeted a military base housing U.S. troops at the time.

“This was a dangerous attack on a civilian airport,” an official said.

The attempted attacks coincide with the second anniversary of the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general, on Monday.

Soleimani was killed in 2021 following a drone strike that was ordered by former President Trump.

On Monday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that Tehran would take revenge for the killing if Trump did not face trial.

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