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Drone attack targets US-run military base in northern Iraq

In this file picture, a senior airman with the US Air force clears a security forces patrol through an entry control point at the US-run Ain al-Asad Airbase in Anbar province, western Iraq. (Photo by the US Department of Defense)

A military base in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region where US military forces and trainers are stationed came under a drone attack amid rising anti-US sentiments over Washington’s unconditional support for the Israeli onslaught in the Gaza Strip.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of anti-terror fighters, in a statement published on its Telegram channel, claimed responsibility for the attack on the US-run installation at the Erbil International Airport early on Sunday.

The statement added that the explosive-laden drone directly struck the designated target and destroyed it.

There were no immediate reports about possible casualties or the extent of damage caused.

Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with Iraqi anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units, also reported the incident.

The strike comes amid rising anti-US sentiment over Washington’s firm support for Israel’s war against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, which has killed at least 15,207 people, most of them women and children.

Another 40,650 people have been wounded as well. More than 7,500 individuals are reported missing, who may have died or been trapped under the rubble waiting to be rescued.

The Israeli regime launched the war after Gaza’s resistance groups conducted Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, their biggest operation against the occupying entity in years. Since the onset of the war on October 7, the United States has backed Israel’s ferocious attacks on Palestinian territory as a means of “self-defense.”

The US House of Representatives on November 2 passed a standalone $14.3-billion military assistance package for Israel. The legislation, however, is yet to clear the Senate. 

Washington has also vetoed United Nations Security Council resolutions that called on the occupying regime to cease its aggression.

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