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Iraq summons Turkish envoy over deadly drone strike

Iraq has summoned the Turkish envoy [Getty]

Date of publication: 12 August, 2020

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Iraq has summoned the Turkish envoy after a Turkish drone killed two high-ranking Iraqi officers.

Iraqi officials said on Tuesday they were cancelling a visit by Turkey's defence minister and summoning the country's ambassador after a Turkish drone killed two high-ranking Iraqi officers.

The Turkish envoy will be given "a letter of protest with strong words" categorically rejecting aggression from Ankara, Iraq's foreign ministry said.

Earlier on Tuesday, a Turkish drone strike killed two senior Iraqi security officials, Iraq's military said, marking the first time Turkey's operation to root out Kurdish rebels in Iraq's north produced fatalities among high-ranking Iraqi personnel.

The drone targeted a vehicle belonging to the Border Guards in the Bradost area, north of Irbil, the military statement said, causing the deaths of two commanders and the vehicle's driver.

Gen. Mohammed Rushdi, commander of the Border Guards' 2nd Brigade and Brig. Zubair Hali, commander of the 3rd Regiment, were killed in the attack Ihsan Chelebi, the mayor of Bradost, said. He said they had been establishing new posts in the area.

Two Iraqi security officials said the Border Guard commanders were meeting secretly with members of the Kurdistan Worker's Party, or PKK, during the attack. Turkey considers the PKK a terrorist organization and has bombed their positions inside northern Iraq in several operations.Turkey launched an offensive in mid-June in northern Iraq against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Ankara regards as a terrorist organisation. 

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