July 5, US forces shot down an armed drone above their embassy in Baghdad. Barron's reported it with reference to the Iraqi security services.
“American defence systems fired rockets into the air in Baghdad, according to AFP reporters, with Iraqi security sources saying the salvos took out a drone that was laden with explosives,” reads the message.
According to Voice of America, the attack took place at 14:45. The scale of the damage is still being estimated; no information about the victims is provided. The responsibility for the attack has not been claimed yet.
Earlier, the Pentagon conducted targeted airstrikes against “facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups” on the Iraq-Syria border. The decision was made by President Joe Biden, as Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.
"Given the ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting U.S. interests in Iraq, the President directed further military action to disrupt and deter such attacks," Kirby added.
It was noted that the US armed forces are in Iraq at the invitation of the Government of Iraq for the sole purpose of assisting the Iraqi Security Forces in their efforts to defeat ISIS.