The incident comes two years after a US drone strike killed Iran’s respected General Soleimani.
Iraqi security sources say two armed drones were shot down as they approached an Iraqi military base housing US forces near Baghdad’s international airport, adding that no one was injured in the incident.
A U.S.-led international military coalition official stationed there said the base’s defense system involved “two fixed-wing suicide drones” … they were shot down without incident.
“It was a dangerous attack on a civilian airport,” the coalition official said in a brief statement Monday.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Footage provided by the coalition shows what the official said was debris from two fixed-wing drones destroyed in the attack, with writing clearly visible on the wing of one drone reading “Soleimani’s revenge”.
The attack came while Iran and its allies in Iraq were the second anniversary of the assassination of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a drone strike ordered by Donald Trump near Baghdad airport.
Soleimani, head of an elite overseas unit of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, was assassinated on January 3, 2020, along with Iraqi civilian leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Hundreds of supporters of Iran-backed militia groups gathered at Baghdad airport on Sunday to celebrate the anniversary of Soleimani’s death and to drown out anti-American slogans.
The Haste A coalition of former paramilitary groups now integrated into the Iraqi state security apparatus held a candlelight vigil at the airport on Sunday for the two men killed.
The US at the time said Soleimani was planning imminent action against US personnel in Iraq, a country long torn between the rival demands of its main allies Washington and Tehran.
Five days after his assassination, Iran fired missiles at an air base in Iraq that houses U.S. troops and another near Erbil in the country’s north.
Since then, dozens of rockets and roadside bombs have targeted US security, military and diplomatic sites across Iraq.
On December 9, the US-led coalition declared that it had completed its combat mission in Iraq and that it would move approximately 2,500 troops to a purely training and advisory role.