The second anniversary of the assassination of a high-level Iranian official was marked by the interception of two armed drones Monday as they came near an Iraqi military base that has been housing some American personnel.
Reports based on information obtained from Iraqi security officials indicate that the base where the drones were intercepted is near the Baghdad international airport. That airport was the strike location that killed Qasem Soleimani on January 3, 2020. Soleimani was the former commander of the Quds Force, a unit of elite troops.
The Iranian regime promised to hold the parties who killed Soleimani responsible. President Donald Trump described Soleimani as the world’s top terrorist at the time of the strike that took him out.
No injuries were reported in the incident that ended with the two drones being shot down. A U.S. military official said that the base’s defense system immediately detected and engaged the two “fixed-wing suicide drones” without incident. The official added that the incident was a “dangerous attack on a civilian airport.”
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Footage showing the debris of the drones bore lettering on one wing reading “Soleimani’s revenge.”
Several hundred supporters of militia groups backed by the Iranian regime assembled on Sunday at the airport in Baghdad, where they chanted anti-U.S. slogans just before the anniversary of the killing of Soleimani. The crowd demanded the expulsion of American forces and carried signs demanding the U.S. military leave the “land of the martyrs.” The demonstrators also trampled on American and Israeli flags thrown on the ground.
Also, on Monday, the Jerusalem Post stated that pro-Iranian computer hackers had attacked its website and Twitter account. An image was posted depicting Israel’s Dimona nuclear facility being hit by ballistic missiles. The photo included text warning that the attackers are “close to you where you do not think about it.”