American forces shot down two drones and broken a 3rd in Iraq over the previous 24 hours, with allied troops struggling “minor accidents” in a single incident, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) mentioned Wednesday.
It didn’t say who launched the drones, however pro-Iranian forces have threatened to assault American troops in Iraq due to Washington’s assist for Israel in its battle with Hamas.
“Within the final 24 hours, the US navy defended towards three drones close to US and coalition forces in Iraq,” CENTCOM mentioned in a press release, referring to members of the worldwide coalition towards the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.
“In western Iraq, US forces engaged two drones, destroying one and damaging the second, leading to minor accidents to coalition forces. Individually in northern Iraq, US forces engaged and destroyed a drone, leading to no accidents or harm,” CENTCOM mentioned.
“On this second of heightened alert, we’re vigilantly monitoring the state of affairs in Iraq and the area. US forces will defend US and coalition forces towards any menace,” it added.
A US protection official mentioned earlier on Wednesday that two “one-way drones” had been downed once they tried to assault American and coalition forces in Iraq, whereas Kurdish counter-terrorism forces mentioned in a press release that an explosives-laden drone had crashed Wednesday within the Arbil governorate within the nation’s north.
The drone shootdowns got here a day after a strike on a hospital in Gaza left tons of lifeless, with Hamas blaming Israel, which in flip mentioned one other Palestinian armed group was accountable.
Hamas launched a shock assault inside Israel on October 7, killing greater than 1,400 individuals, largely civilians, and taking hostages again into Gaza.
After Israel declared battle and commenced retaliatory strikes, practically 3,500 individuals have been killed within the Gaza Strip, largely civilians as properly, in accordance with Hamas well being authorities.
Professional-Iranian factions in Iraq have accused Israel and the US of finishing up a “bloodbath” in Gaza, with considered one of them — the highly effective Ketaeb Hezbollah group — demanding that American forces go away Iraq or face assault.
There are round 2,500 American troopers and a thousand troops from different members of the anti-IS coalition in Iraq in a coaching and advisory function, after the official finish of their fight mission in December 2021.