Explosions at Iraq’s Erbil airport hosting US-led coalition amid drone attack

Explosions at Iraq’s Erbil airport hosting US-led coalition amid drone attack

Footage from witnesses has shown multiple explosions at the Erbil International Airport in Iraq’s Kurdisstan region. The blasts have reportedly resulted from a drone strike.

Local media reported, citing Kurdistan Region Directorate General of Counter Terrorism (CTD), that “explosive-laden drones” targeted the air hub, which is hosting US forces that are part of the multinational coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS,ISIL) in Iraq.

Footage of recent drone attack that targeted #Erbil airport, air defenses repelled. pic.twitter.com/nXnOciUZuw

— Barzan Sadiq (@BarzanSadiq) September 11, 2021

Lawk Ghafuri, head of Kurdistan’s foreign media relations, confirmed the airport was attacked “with a drone,” dismissing reports of casualties or damage as false. 

The drone was carrying explosive devices, and exploded away from Erbil International Airport’s terminals and territories. No casualties are reported.

— Lawk Ghafuri (@LawkGhafuri) September 11, 2021

Ghafuri also reported that the explosion was “away from Erbil International Airport’s terminals and territories.”

Footage from the ground has been spreading across social media, purportedly showing warning sirens going off at a military base housing US troops.

#Update
Sirens sounded from inside the US military base near Erbil airport. pic.twitter.com/Pq7doUvmNY

— Suribelle (@Suribelle1) September 11, 2021

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