Drone attack targeting US forces reported in Kurdish region, Iraq


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Drone attack targeting US forces reported in Kurdish region, Iraq
The drones were shot down by air defenses. *Erbil Airport is known to host US forces.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2021

Reports on Saturday evening indicated explosions were heard in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The area has been targeted by drones frequently over the last eight months and also by rockets in the past. Pro-Iranian groups in Iraq are alleged to use drones and rockets to target US forces at Erbil airport or threaten the US consulate in Erbil. According to the local media station Rudaw, explosions were heard and it was unclear if drones or rockets at targeted the area. Reports said air defense systems, likely operated by the United States, were active. These may include a C-RAM and other systems that are in place and have been tested in the past.

Local reporters such as Wladimir Van Wilgenburg tweeted that they heard several loud sounds from the area of the airport around midnight local time. According to Kurdistan24, the US-led coalition confirmed the incident. Kurdistan24 said the attack involved drones and the US used C-RAM against the attacking projectiles. It said authorities were investigating the incident.

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