American troops in Iraq have already come under attack by drones three times so far this year. While all of these attacks have failed, these incidents show that drones pose an increasing threat to American service members and the danger shows no signs of abating any time soon.
On Jan. 6, a drone was shot down near Ain al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, a coalition official said. Two other drones were downed near the base on Jan. 4. And two drones were shot down near Baghdad International Airport on Jan. 3, the second anniversary of the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, then-head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force.
The drones shot down near Baghdad International Airport reportedly had the words “Soleimani’s revenge” and “revenge operations for our leaders,” written on them, according to the Associated Press.
Source: Task & Purpose