Baghdad: Iraqi security officials said that on Monday night, the US military shot down an armed drone above its embassy in Baghdad. A few hours before that, a US military base in western Iraq was attacked by rockets.
According to an Agence France-Presse reporter, the U.S. defense system launched rockets into the air in Baghdad, and Iraqi security sources said they shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle carrying explosives.
Since the beginning of this year, there have been 47 attacks against U.S. interests in the country, and the country has deployed 2,500 U.S. troops as part of the international coalition against the Islamic State of Jihad.
Six of them involved such drones. This tactic was a headache for the coalition forces because the aircraft could evade air defense.
In April of this year, a drone full of explosives attacked the Iraqi headquarters of the coalition forces located in the military zone of Albil Airport, the capital of the Kurdish region of Iraq.
The following month, a drone full of explosives attacked Al Ain Assad Air Force Base, where the U.S. Army is located.
On June 9, three drones carrying explosives attacked the Baghdad Airport, where American soldiers were also deployed. One of them was intercepted by the Iraqi army.
As a sign that the United States is worried about new drone attacks, it recently provided up to $3 million in funding to obtain information about attacks against its interests in Iraq.
The International Anti-Jihadist Coalition said that on Monday, three rockets attacked an Iraqi air base in the western desert, which also contains US troops.
The target of this attack was the base of Ain al-Assad and did not cause any casualties.