US forces shot down a pair of Iranian drones that attacked the Kurdish-held Irbil airport in northern Iraq at the end of the 20th anniversary of September 11.
There were no injuries or damage, according to a spokesperson for the US-led coalition in Iraq.
The US Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) system engaged the two drones loaded with Iran-made bombs, a separate US official told Fox News.
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“Every attack on the GoI, KRI and the Coalition undermines the authority of Iraqi institutions, the rule of law and Iraqi national sovereignty,” Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson Col. Wayne Marotto said in a statement posted on Twitter. “These attacks endanger the lives of civilians and partner forces of the ISF, Peshmerga and the Coalition. ”
Erbil Airport, where some US troops are based, has been the subject of a series of attacks this year by Iranian-backed militias.
The attack is the first after a two-month lull in drone and rocket attacks targeting the US presence in Baghdad and military bases across Iraq. On July 8, rockets landed in and around the heavily fortified green zone of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, which houses the United States Embassy. It caused material damage but no casualties.
Until recently, attacks were frequent. The United States blamed Iranian-backed militias for the attacks. More recently, attacks have become more sophisticated, with militants using drones instead of Katyusha rockets.
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About 2,500 US troops remain in Iraq, with 900 more troops in neighboring Syria to ensure ISIS remains underground.
The associated press contributed to this report.