US forces have shot down an armed drone above their embassy in Baghdad.

The incident occurred hours after a rocket attack on a base housing US soldiers in the west of the country.

US defence systems fired rockets into the air in Baghdad, with Iraqi security sources saying the salvos took out a drone that was laden with explosives.

Since the start of the year, 47 attacks have targeted US interests in the country, where 2,500 US troops are deployed as part of an international coalition to fight the jihadist Islamic State group.

Six of them involved these kinds of drones, a tactic that poses a headache for the coalition as the aircraft can evade air defences.

In April, a drone packed with explosives hit the coalition's Iraq headquarters in the military part of the airport in Erbil, the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital.

The next month, a drone packed with explosives hit the Ain Al-Asad airbase housing US troops.

On 9 June, three explosives-laden drones targeted Baghdad airport, where US soldiers are also deployed.