On July 23, in an unusual incident, Iraqi security forces uncovered an armed drone that was hidden in a sensitive part of the capital, Baghdad.
According to the Security Media Cell, the drone was hidden on a rooftop in the district of Jadriyah in Baghdad’s center. The district is located South of the Green Zone, a fortified area that hosts government buildings and foreign missions including the U.S. embassy.
The drone, a commercially-bought quadcopter, was armed with a 2 kg gravity bomb. The bomb was equipped with a tail fuze.
مفارز وكالة الاستخبارات والتحقيقات الاتحادية في وزارة الداخلية تعثر على طائرة مسيرة تحمل مقذوف زنة 2كغم فوق احد البنايات بمنطقة الجادرية ببغداد، وقد تم تفكيك المقذوف وضبط الطائرة المسيرة، وباشرت قواتنا الامنية في اجراء تحقيق كامل، وسنوافيكم التفاصيل لاحقاً . pic.twitter.com/57HffvSnmp
— خلية الإعلام الأمني🇮🇶 (@SecMedCell) July 23, 2020
The Security Media Cell said Iraqi authorities had opened a “full investigation” into the matter. More details will be shared soon.
The drone may have been pre-programed to take off and attack a target, like the U.S. embassy, in the nearby Green Zone. As for now, this remains a mere speculation.
Over the past few months, a series of rocket attacks targeted the U.S. embassy and military bases hosting American troops in Baghdad. The most recent attack took place last week. Iranian-affiliated groups are often blamed for the attacks.