U.S. troops in Iraq have been targeted by Iranian-backed militias in at least two separate locations on Monday & Tuesday; Monday’s attack was aimed at a base in Baghdad, while Tuesday’s attack pursued the airport in Erbil where troops are stationed.
Tuesday marked the second day in a row that Iranian-backed militia groups attacked U.S. forces inside Iraq, as the Erbil airport – where U.S. troops are stationed – was nearly hit with at least one explosive drone. This resulted in sirens being deployed from the U.S. consulate. Initial reports suggest that while the drone targeted the base, it was not a direct hit and no damage or casualties followed.
According to at least one report, a minimum of 20 rockets and three drones were fired at the airport. OIR Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto stated on Twitter, “Initial report: At approx. 11:15 PM local time, one UAS impacted in the vicinity of Erbil Air Base, Iraq. At this time, initial reports indicate no injuries, casualties or damage. We will update when we have further information.”
Tehran has been making no small usage of its terror proxies in the region since the inauguration of the new U.S. administration in January, as there have been dozens of attacks on American troops in Iraq and even Syria.
Troops were also targeted on Monday at the Ain al-Asad airbase located in Baghdad. This is where the U.S. embassy is located.