A drone struck Tuesday near the Erbil air base where US troops are housed in the northern region of Iraq, but no injuries or structural damage were reported, according to Pentagon officials.
“We are aware of the report of a UAS [unmanned aircraft system] incident in the vicinity of Erbil, Iraq, “Pentagon spokeswoman Jessica McNulty told Fox News.” At this time, initial reports indicate no structural damage, injuries or casualties.
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The Pentagon has confirmed that US troops are currently housed in Erbil, but has not answered questions about the number of troops there.
There are around 2,500 troops scattered across “several Iraqi security force facilities,” McNulty confirmed.
Earlier reports of rockets fired at the air base in coordination with drones were reported as false by military officials on Tuesday evening.
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A spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve, the operational name for the military intervention against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, took to Twitter to say that a drone had been hit in the “vicinity” of Erbil Air Base at approximately 11:15 p.m. local time.
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Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.
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