Armed Drones Shot Down Over Northern Iraqi Airport Where U.S. Forces Are Based

People burn banners, one of them depicting U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr protest to denounce Blinken’s visit to Iraq, at Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday. (REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)

Three armed drones were shot down on Tuesday over Erbil Airport in northern Iraq, where U.S. forces and other international forces are stationed, in two separate attacks, Iraqi Kurdistan’s counterterrorism service said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attacks, the latest in a series on U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria as tensions soar in the Middle East over the Israel-Hamas war.

The defense system at a military base near the airport successfully defended against the drones, the statement said. There were no casualties or damage to infrastructure, a U.S. Defense Department official said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani has pledged to pursue those responsible for recent attacks on three military bases in Iraq hosting international coalition advisers, including Ain al-Asad in western Iraq, a military base near Baghdad’s international airport, and Harir in Erbil.

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