(RoyalPatriot.com )- Retaliatory strikes against US Military in Iraq that first picked up steam after Iran’s Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani was taken out in an airstrike in early 2020 have grown more frequent and intense over the last several months.
In the last month alone, there have been a dozen drone and rocket attacks on US interests in Iraq and Syria – including several in the last week.
The latest attacks took place at the Erbil International Airport which contains the military base used by US-led coalition forces, and in the Green Zone around Baghdad.
On July 6, the Erbil base, located in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, came under attack by explosive-laden drones.
According to Iraqi media, the airspace around Erbil International Airport was closed, civilian travelers at the airport were evacuated, and all power was shut down.
The Kurdistan Counter-Terrorism Service is reporting that the attack was carried out by two booby-trapped drones and caused a large fire on the military base within the airport. No casualties or material damage from the attack was reported.
Earlier on the same day, several drones targeted the US Embassy in Baghdad, setting off the diplomatic facility’s sirens and activating the anti-aircraft systems. US forces reportedly shot down an armed drone in response to the attack.
The day before the attack in Baghdad, the Ain al-Asad Air Base in Iraq’s western Anbar province came under rocket attack as well. No casualties, however, were reported.
And on July 8, three rockets landed in and around the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad where the US Embassy is housed. Two Katuysha rockets fell near the national security building and in a nearby open courtyard. A third rocket struck in a nearby residential area.
These are the same type of rockets that struck the Ain al-Asad Air Base three days earlier.
As yet no group has claimed responsibility for these recent attacks.
Since the beginning of 2021, there have been nearly fifty attacks on US interests in Iraq where 2,500 American troops are still deployed as part of the international coalition fighting Islamic State.