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Drone attack on US base foiled, Iraqi security sources say

The attack came as Iran and its allies in Iraq marked the
second anniversary of the assassination of top Iranian general Qassem
Soleimani.

Soleimani was killed in a drone strike near Baghdad airport
ordered by then-US president Donald Trump.

Commenting on the attack, an official of theUS-led
international military coalition said the base’s defence system had engaged
“two fixed-wing suicide drones. They were shot down without
incident”.

“This was a dangerous attack on a civilian
airport,” the coalition official said in a brief statement.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the
attack. Armed groups that some Iraqi officials say are backed by Iran have
claimed responsibility for similar incidents in the past.

Footage provided by the coalition official showed what the
official said was debris of two fixed-wing drones destroyed in the attack, with
writing clearly visible on the wing of one drone reading “Soleimani’s
revenge”.

Soleimani, head of an elite overseas unit of Iran’s
Revolutionary Guards, was killed along with Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi
al-Muhandis on Jan 3, 2020, in a US drone strike on his convoy at Baghdad
airport.

Hundreds of supporters of Iran-backed militia groups
gathered on Sunday at Baghdad airport to mark the anniversary of Soleimani’s
death and to chant anti-American slogans.

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