Two drone attacks in 24 hours target US forces in Iraq - analysis


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Two drone attacks in 24 hours target US forces in Iraq - analysis
While the recent attacks in Iraq are not a game changer and the drones are not very large, they pose a continued threat and show that Iran can attack at the time and place of its choosing.
Published: JANUARY 4, 2022

Two drones on Monday targeted al-Asad air base in Iraq, a facility where US personnel are located. It came about 24 hours after another drone attack targeted Americans in Baghdad. The attack on Monday coincided with the anniversary of the US killing of IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani; the drones had “revenge” written on them. The second attack appears to also be a message from Iran and its allies in Iraq.

Drones have increasingly been used by Iran and its proxies and allies in the region over the past year. This is the new preferred method to target US forces as well. Drones have targeted American personnel and facilities in Baghdad, as well as in Erbil in the Kurdistan Region. They have also targeted the Tanf garrison in Syria where US forces are located. Washington has ostensibly ended combat operations in Iraq over the past two years. US forces are in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government to advise and assist in defeating ISIS. Over the past several years, pro-Iranian elements in Iraq have increased calls for the US to leave. These are the same groups linked to pro-Iranian militias and terrorists who attacked American forces after the 2003 invasion.