2 explosives-laden drones attacked the U.S forces in the Ain al-Asad airbase near Baghdad within a parameter of 24 hours in Iraq.

According to the US-led international military coalition, the explosives-laden drones were shot down by Iraq’s air defenses.

A similar attack was also witnessed on Monday when Iraqi air defenses shot down two drones that were approaching a base near Baghdad’s international airport which hosts the U.S forces.

“Two fixed-wing drones rigged with explosives were engaged and destroyed by defensive capabilities at the Iraqi Ain al-Asad airbase early this morning,” the official was quoted as saying by news agencies.

“The attempted attack was unsuccessful. All forces are accounted for.”

Up till now, no claims have been made for the respective drones.

The attacks just come in time when Tehran and the allies across the middle eastern peninsula are gearing up to mark emotional commemorations of the second death anniversary of the assassination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and his close Iraqi lieutenant.

Iranian general Qasem Soleimani
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Qasem Soleimani was assassinated in a US-led drone strike on 3 January 2021 near the Baghdad airport. The ex-president of America, Donald Trump had ordered this attack.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that “Trump must face trial for the killing or Tehran would take revenge.”

The United States of America is leading the international military coalition fighting ISIS along with its troops present on the soil of Iraq. 

The US-led coalition forces have recently combatted their mission last month and switched to advisory and training roles for the Iraqi defenses.

“While we have ended our combat mission, we maintain the inherent right of self-defense,” the official said.

“These are attacks against Iraqi installations and an attack against the Iraqi people and the military that protects them. We maintain a minimal footprint on Iraqi bases – the coalition no longer has its own bases in Iraq.”