3 drones hit airport in Iraqi capital

By Ali Jawad

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AA) – Three drones have hit the airport in Baghdad, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said Thursday.

"An outlawed group on Wednesday night targeted the Baghdad International Airport with three drones," according to a ministry statement.

One of the drones was downed, the statement added.

Two drones fell inside the airport compound without causing any human or material damages, a security source told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however, Washington accuses Iran-linked militias of being behind the attacks that target American interests in Iraq.

The airport, which also houses a US military base, has been targeted by several rocket attacks in the past.

The incident came shortly after another rocket attack on Wednesday evening on the Balad airbase, north of Baghdad.

Currently, there are around 3,000 foreign troops, including 2,500 US forces, fighting in the anti-Daesh/ISIS coalition in Iraq.

* Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara