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Armed drone targets Iraqi military base hosting US diplomats, troops
Resistance groups have pledged to drive US troops out of Iraq after nearly two decades of occupation
By News Desk - May 24 2022
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US troops in Iraq. (Photo credit: Specialist Briana Alfaro/U.S. Army National Guard)

In the early hours of 24 May, a drone laden with explosives targeted the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Centre (BDSC), located inside an Iraqi military base, and which hosts US diplomats and troops, according to reports from RT and BBC World Service correspondent Nafiseh Kohnavard.

Kohnavard cited a defense official who claimed that the drone allegedly flew over the civilian section of Baghdad International Airport, located near the military base that was targeted.

The drone was unable to reach its target, as it was picked up on radar systems and shot down by air defense systems.

Iraqi forensic experts began investigating and examining the wreckage of the drone after the successful interception.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attempted drone attack.

US military installations in Iraq come under frequent attack from unknown resistance groups, many of whom are believed to be backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Attacks on US forces in Iraq have seen an uptick in recent months after Baghdad’s failure to implement a law passed by parliament to expel foreign occupation forces from the country.

The vote to expel foreign occupation forces came in the days following the assassination of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander Qassem Soleimani and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) deputy chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in 2020.

Iraqi resistance groups have pledged to only lay down their arms after the full withdrawal of US forces in Iraq.

US military convoys came under attack as recently as 15 May, according to reports. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

Recently, Iraqi resistance group Harakat Hezbollah Nujaba has threatened to target Israeli and US positions in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region (IKR).

In March this year, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps launched a precision missile strike against a Mossad base in the city of Erbil.

Speaking exclusively to The Cradle, a senior Iranian security source revealed that three Mossad agents were killed during the strike.

In another exclusive, the official spokesman of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party’s Erbil office, Azad Jolla, confirmed that the Israeli spy agency Mossad has long been active in the capital of the IKR.