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U.S. Military Shoots Down Iranian Drone in Northern Iraq, ‘Appeared as a Threat to CENTCOM Forces’

Ebrahim Raisi speaks at a political rally in Iran. (Hossein Razaqnejad, Wikimedia Commons released)
Ebrahim Raisi speaks at a political rally in Iran. (Hossein Razaqnejad, Wikimedia Commons released)

U.S. Forces in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region shot down an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) drone after IRGC forces launched an “unprovoked attack” in the area on Wednesday.

In a press statement on Wednesday, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) spokesperson Joe Buccino said “at approximately 2:10 PM local time, US forces brought down an Iranian Mojer-6 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle headed in the direction of Erbil as it appeared as a threat to CENTCOM forces in the area.”

Earlier in the day, IRGC forces claimed responsibility for drone and missile attacks on targets in northern Iraq. The Iranian state-run Islamic Republic News Agency repeated IRGC claims that they carried out drone and missile strikes in retaliation to recent anti-Iran terrorist group attacks from the region.

“US Central Command condemns the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ unprovoked attack in Iraq’s Erbil Governorate this morning,” Buccino said. “Such indiscriminate attacks threaten innocent civilians and risk the hard-fought stability of the region.”

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