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Drone and rocket attacks have hit American forces in Iraq, US officials say

U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria faced two separate missile and explosive drone attacks in less than 24 hours, Iraqi security sources and U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday, the first reported after a nearly three-month hiatus.

At least one armed drone was launched over Ain al-Asad air base, which hosts American troops in Iraq’s western Anbar province, an American official said.

This came after five rockets were fired from northern Iraq on Sunday at US forces at a base in Rumalyn in remote northeastern Syria, according to US and Iraqi officials.

There are no reports of casualties or significant damage caused by the drone strikes.

A large explosion at a military base in Iraq on Saturday killed a member of Iraqi security forces that included Iranian-backed groups.

The force commander said it was an attack, while the army said it was investigating and that there were no warplanes in the sky at the time. The US military denied involvement.

Near-daily rocket and drone attacks on U.S. forces began in mid-October and have been claimed by Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim armed groups known as the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, who have cited U.S. support for Israel’s war on Gaza.

The strikes were halted in late January under pressure from Iraqi and Iranian authorities following deadly US retaliatory airstrikes in Iraq after three US soldiers were killed in a drone strike on a small base on the Iraqi-Iraqi border. Jordan.

Source: Terra

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