12 Sep 2021

Drone attack hits near US forces in Erbil, northern Iraq - officials

3:57 pm on 12 September 2021

A drone attack has hit near US forces stationed at Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq, Iraqi Kurdish security officials say.

Security measures are taken after a drone attack targeted Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq where US-led coalition troops are stationed in Erbil, Iraq on 7 July 2021.

Security measures were taken after another drone attack targeting Erbil International Airport on 7 July 2021. Photo: AFP / 2021 Anadolu Agency

The internal security service for Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, of which Erbil is the capital, initially said three rockets had hit near the airport.

A second statement by the Kurdish counter-terrorism force said the attack had been carried out by explosive-laden drones.

There were no immediate reports of casualties. Witnesses said they heard at least six explosions in the area.

The airport in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region, has come under attack several times in the past year, including by drones carrying explosives.

US officials blame previous attacks on Iran-aligned Shi'ite Muslim militias which have vowed to fight until the remaining 2500 US military personnel leave the country.

The US forces are leading an international military coalition whose mandate is to help Iraqi forces fight remnants of the Sunni extremist Islamic State group. The coalition did not immediately comment on Saturday's incident.

- Reuters