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US military intercepts 2 attack drones targeting Iraq air base where American troops are located

Two U.S. defense officials have confirmed to Fox News that the U.S. intercepted two one-way attack drones targeting Iraq’s al-Asad air base where American troops are located. 

The incident happened early Wednesday morning local time. No injuries have been reported.

Defense officials tell Fox News the U.S. currently has about 2,500 troops in Iraq. 

Reuters first reported the thwarted attack, citing two U.S. officials who said the two drones were intercepted before they could strike. 

The officials who spoke on condition on anonymity declined to say who was believed to have been responsible for sending the one-way drones toward the base hosting American troops. 

Al-Asad came under rocket attack in 2021. And although the Pentagon had taken caution in jumping to place blame, analysts have pointed to Iraqi militia groups aligned with Iran. 

The sprawling air base also suffered damage by a barrage of missiles fired in January 2020 as retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that took out top Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani. President Donald Trump said at the time that Americans had been prepared for the assault and no U.S. casualties were reported. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Danielle Wallace is a reporter for Fox News Digital covering politics, crime, police and more. Story tips can be sent to danielle.wallace@fox.com and on Twitter: @danimwallace. 

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