Iraq Attempts to Drone Strike US Air Base

( – US troops based in Iraq have been attacked by drone strikes, and Iran is a prime suspect. Two separate attacks were launched at the base, and one of the weapons injured several Americans.

On October 18, around 6 a.m. local time, two kamikaze drones approached an airbase at al Asad in Iraq, where US forces are stationed. The base’s point defense weapons engaged and hit the drones, destroying one, but the second managed to hit a hangar and explode. Several US personnel were injured in the strike and were examined for possible blast injuries to the head. Several hours later, around noon, a second drone was shot down near the al Harir airbase, which also has US personnel; this one appears to have missed its target and crashed in the desert.

US officials are refusing to say who they think launched the attacks; however, an obscure terrorist group called Tashkil al-Waritheen has claimed responsibility for the second one. This group is linked to the Quds Force, a branch of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps which officially “specializes in unconventional warfare.” In reality, the Quds Force is the main tool of Iranian state-sponsored terrorism; it uses terrorist groups to carry out the Tehran regime’s policies, often giving them direct support.

If a Quds-linked group carried out the drone attacks, it’s likely Iran’s religious leaders ordered them.

The Quds Force is deeply hostile to both the US and Israel. When journalists say Hamas and Hezbollah are backed by Iran, they mean they’re supported by Quds. In January 2020, Quds commander Qasem Solemaini was killed by a US drone strike ordered by former president Donald Trump, in response to a December 2019 attack on a US base in Iraq that killed an American contractor. It seems likely the latest attacks were also their work, probably as a response to the Israel-Hamas war that’s now raging.

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