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Drone attack hits near US forces in northern Iraq


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A drone attack hit near US forces stationed at Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq, which lies near the US consulate in this northern Iraq city, on Saturday, Iraqi Kurdish security officials said.

Kurdish security forces said in a statement that three rockets had hit near the airport.

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

"There are no victims in the attack carried out by two armed drones," said the statement.


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The airport, which is also the base for a coalition force of anti-militant troops, suffered no damage, according to its director, Ahmed Hochiar.

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.

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

This latest attack comes on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States, in which nearly 3,000 people were killed.

Arbil is the capital of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, led by Kurdish President Nechirvan Barzani.


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