Iraqi forces shoot down two drones near Baghdad: military

A combined picture of pieces of two drones shot down by Iraqi forces near Baghdad, June 15, 2021. (Iraqi military photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi forces shot down two drones near Baghdad late on Tuesday , Iraq’s military said.

Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a tweet on Wednesday that Baghdad Operations Command shot down an explosive-laden drone near al-Rashid camp in Baghdad.

The operations command also shot down another drone in al-Kartan area, south of Baghdad, the Iraqi military added.

Recently, armed groups have used explosive-laden drones to target military bases housing U.S.-Coalition troops in Iraq.

No group immediately claimed the attacks, but armed groups that some Iraqi officials say are backed by Iran have claimed similar incidents in the past.

American officials have blamed Iranian-backed militias for regular rocket and drone attacks aimed at U.S. facilities in Iraq, including the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Iran-aligned paramilitary groups have demanded that all foreign troops, including U.S. forces who number around 2,500 in Iraq, leave the country, calling their presence an occupation.

A U.S.-led coalition, whose mission is to fight Islamic State militants, is still stationed in Iraq, as well as a NATO-led mission that trains Iraqi security forces.

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