American troops attacked at airport: first drone attack in Erbil

A drone has fired explosives near American troops stationed at Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq, Kurdish authorities report.

There would have been no fatalities or injuries in the attack. It is known so far for the first drone attack on American troops in Erbil, which have already been shot with missiles several times. The American Embassy in Baghdad was also bombed not long ago. The United States attributed those attacks to Iran-backed militias.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Autonomous Kurdish Government in Northern Iraq says in a statement that the drone was armed with a cargo of TNT. The Kurdish authorities said there were no injuries in the attack.

Tehran

A group that is allegedly associated with Iran has praised, but has not explicitly claimed, the attack on American troops. In February, a number of missiles landed at the same American base in Erbil, killing a foreign employee of the US military.

Shortly after the drone attack, the Turkish Ministry of Defence announced that a Turkish soldier and a child were killed in a rocket attack on a Turkish base in the same region on Wednesday. The military was killed when one of the three missiles fired hit the base. The child was killed when one of the other two missiles hit a neighboring village.

NATO

Turkey, like the US, has troops in Iraq participating in a NATO mission. However, the country also has troops in the region carrying out attacks on Kurdish separatists. The Iran-supported militias want to put an end to both the US and the Turkish troops.

The US has rewarded attacks in the past with air strikes against Iranian targets and the Iranian militias, including on the border between Iraq and Syria. In such an air strike, early last year, General Qassem Soleimani, one of Irans highest military personnel, was eliminated. As a result of this action, carried out on the orders of President Donald Trump at the time, tensions in the Middle East escalated considerably.