06/01/2022

U.S. bases and infrastructure in Iraq and Syria targeted by series of Iranian rocket and drone attacks

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA / BAGHDAD — Warnings that Iran and its associated militia forces would target U.S. forces on the second anniversary of the targeted assassination of top Iranian general Qassim Soleimani and leader of Iranian-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis by an American drone strike outside of Baghdad International Airport have proven accurate. 

The past week has seen attacks on U.S. forces and infrastructure in Syria and Iraq.

31 December:

  • Rocket attack against Green Village base in eastern Syria prevented

3 January:

  • Two suicide drones shot down at Camp Victory, Baghdad International Airport in Iraq

4 January:

  • Two suicide drones shot down near Ayn al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq
  • Rocket attack against Green Village base prevented

5 January:

  • Rocket attack on U.S. Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center (BDSC) at Baghdad International Airport
  • Rocket attack on U.S. Green Village base
  • Rocket attack on Ayn al-Asad Air Base 

6 January:

  • Suicide drone shot down near Ayn al-Assad Air Base
  • Rocket attack on U.S. Conoco gas field base in eastern Syria

Despite the U.S.-led International Coalition’s withdrawal of its combat forces from Iraq, its remaining forces and bases are still being targeted by rocket attacks.No information was reported about the damage caused by the attack on Camp Victory. 

The attack targeting the BDSC was conducted via two drones equipped with explosives, on which the phrase “Commanders’ Revenge Operations” were written.

Iraqi Media reported that C-RAM systems were able to shoot down the two drones, preventing any casualties.

On Thursday, a Coyote Anti-Drone System was used to down a suicide drone targeting Ayn al-Asad Air Base.