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U.S. Military Shoots Down Iranian Drones Targeting Iraq's Erbil Airport
By: Lando Mion - TownHall News - 09-12-21
Re: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/landon...-iraq-n2595738

The U.S. shot down a couple of explosive-laden Iranian drones that targeted American forces at Iraq's Erbil International Airport.

The U.S. counter-rocket, artillery and mortar system struck down the two Iranian-made drones late Saturday, a U.S. official told Fox News.

There are no confirmed injuries or material damages, according to a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq.

Site spokesman comments:

1. OIR Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto @OIRSpox · 12h
@CJTFOIR can confirm at approx. 2343hrs Sept.11
@Coalition forces at Erbil AB were attacked by 2 UAS. Force protection counter measures were used to defeat the drones.
1 UAS impacted inside perimeter; 1 UAS impacted outside perimeter. There are no injuries or property damage.

2. OIR Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto
Also reporting that: Each attack against the GoI, KRI and the Coalition undermines the authority of Iraqi institutions,
the rule of law and Iraqi National sovereignty. These attacks endanger the lives of civilians, & the partner forces
from the ISF, Peshmerga & Coalition.

3. OIR Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto @OIRSpox - 12 hr. @ CJTFOIR
can confirm at approx. 2343hrs Sept.11 @Coalition
forces at Erbil AB were attacked by 2 UAS. Force protection counter measures were used to defeat the drones.
1 UAS impacted inside perimeter; 1 UAS impacted outside perimeter. There are no injuries or property damage.

4. Nafiseh Kohnavard @nafisehkBBC · 21h
Tonight’s drone attack on US troops in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan comes after almost two months of no attacks
on American interests in Iraq. Militia leaders have been saying that the pause is for letting US troops leave
until end of 2021

Video link: https://twitter.com/i/status/1436999717737598978

US reply: We strongly condemn yesterday's drone attack in the iraqi
Kurdistan Region. The continued attacks are a threat to Iraq's
sovereignty and stability. We support the Kurdistan Regional
Government's investigation to identity those responsible.
The United States remains committed to supporting the KRG
and Government of Iraq in their efforts to maintain and
restore peace and stability.

Witnesses said that they had heard at least six explosions during the time of the attack.

The airport, also a base for U.S.-led coalition forces, has endured a series of Iranian
attacks over the course of the last year.

Saturday's attack is the first drone or rocket strike on the U.S. presence in Iraq in more
than two months. On July 8, rockets landed in and around the Green Zone in Baghdad,
which houses the U.S. Embassy, causing material damage but no casualties.

The U.S. has blamed Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim militias for the attacks that,
as of late, have utilized more advanced weaponry, with drones replacing Katyusha rockets.

The militias have pledged to fight until all U.S. military personnel leave Iraq.

Around 2,500 U.S. troops remain in Iraq while an additional 900 are residing in
neighboring Syria to minimize the threat of ISIS.
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By: OIR Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto

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Personal note: So the Middle East is once again an issue. When was in not?
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