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Iraqi forces down drone over prison in Baghdad

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A photo shows a drone that was downed while hovering over a prison in the center of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, on June 6, 2022.

Iraqi forces have shot down a drone that was hovering over a prison in the center of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, reports say.

The drone was downed on Monday over al-Rasafa al-Tasfirat prison, in which notorious criminals are incarcerated.

Iraqi media outlets cited a security source as saying that the drone was confiscated for examination.

The source noted that the drone was free of explosives, raising the speculation that it was a spy one.

The incident comes a day after Baghdad announced that 14 Daesh terrorists, including senior commanders, were arrested in Baghdad.

Separately, security forces have been on high alert in an area of Iraq’s Diyala province after a Daesh attack, Baghdad Today cited an informed source as saying on Monday.

According to the source, Daesh snipers targeted a unit guarding a Thermographic camera in al-Hashemiat area, 12 kilometers northwest of Baqubah City, partially damaging the device.

The attack was the first of its kind in the area, which tends to be relatively stable, in the past eight months.

The source noted that locals joined the Iraqi forces in the manhunt for the terrorists who managed to flee.

Daesh began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks.

Iraq declared victory over the terrorist group in December 2017 after a three-year counter-terrorism military campaign, in which the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), known in Arabic as Hashd al-Sha’abi, also played a major role.

However, Daesh’s remnants keep staging sporadic attacks across Iraq, attempting to regroup and unleash fresh violence in the Arab country.

The Takfiri terrorist group has managed to intensify its attacks in Iraq, particularly since January 2020, when the United States assassinated top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and PMU’s deputy commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport.

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