Armed drone attack on US forces foiled near Iraqi air base in second close call in two days – ABC News

Two explosive-laden drones have been shot down by Iraq’s air defences as they approached the Ain al-Asad air base, which hosts US forces.

The incident happened on Tuesday, west of Baghdad, an official of the US-led international military coalition said.

A similar attack was foiled on Monday when Iraqi air defences downed two drones as they approached a base hosting US forces near Baghdad’s international airport.

The attacks came as Iran and its allies in Iraq mark the second anniversary of the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

The US is leading the international military coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and in Syria.

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Mr Soleimani was killed on January 3, 2020 in a drone strike near Baghdad airport ordered by then-US president Donald Trump.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Monday that Mr Trump must face trial for the killing or Tehran would take revenge.

The website of the Jerusalem Post was hacked on Monday in what Israel described as a “direct threat” to the country.

A website home page that shows a fist dropping a rocket onto an exploding earth in front of blue clouded sky
The home page of the Jerusalem Post was hacked on Monday with a message that appeared to warn Israel.(Twitter: Jerusalem Post )

Instead of displaying its main news page, the website showed a bullet-shaped object shooting out of a red ring worn on a finger, an apparent reference to a distinctive ring General Soleimani used to wear.

Memorial services were held in Iran to mark the second anniversary of General Soleimani on Monday.

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