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A file photo of the damage at Ain Al Asad military airbase housing US and other foreign troops in the western Iraqi province of Anbar. Image Credit: AFP

Baghdad: The US-led coalition fighting the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq said it shot down on Friday an armed drone that targeted an air base, reporting no casualties or damage.

“US air defence systems shot down an armed unmanned aerial system entering Al Asad Air Base” early Friday morning, the coalition said in a statement.

“There are no reported injuries or damage and all coalition personnel are accounted for,” it said, adding that the incident was “under investigation”.

The base, which is controlled by Iraq, is located in the desert in the western Anbar province.

Dozens of rocket and armed drone attacks have targeted US troops and interests in Iraq in recent months.

Western officials have blamed hardline pro-Iran factions for the attacks, which have never been claimed.

In early January, coalition forces in Iraq said they shot down two armed drones targeting the Ain Al-Asad base.

The US-led coalition ended its combat mission in Iraq in December, four years after the Baghdad government declared victory over the jihadists.

But roughly 2,500 American soldiers and 1,000 coalition soldiers remain deployed in three Iraqi-controlled bases across the country, including Ain Al-Asad, to offer training, advice and assistance to national forces.