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Drone Attack Kills 3 Counterterrorist Fighters in Iraqi Kurdistan

NYT > Middle East

The elite forces were focused primarily on Islamic State fighters in recent years, but other Islamic militant groups now also move through Iraq's porous borders with Iran and Turkey. The Iraqi government announced early on Tuesday that the drone was launched by Turkey and called on Ankara to halt such attacks. "This aggression constitutes a violation of Iraq's sovereignty, security and territorial integrity," said Maj. Gen. Yahya Rasoul Abdullah, military spokesman for the prime minister, "These repeated attacks are not consistent with the principle of good neighborly relations between countries, and threaten to undermine Iraq's efforts to build good and balanced political, economic, and security relations with its neighbors." Kurdish leaders, whose territory is routinely targeted by Turkey, used angrier rhetoric. "This criminal act is an open trespassing of the border of the Kurdistan Region and of Iraq, and it is part of the conspiracy aimed at disturbing the peace and stability of the Kurdistan Region," said Bafel Talabani, president of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, one of the two main political parties in Kurdistan and the dominant one in Sulaymaniyah.

Airport in Iraq's Kurdish region hit by deadly drone attack

Al Jazeera

At least six people have been killed in a suspected drone attack on an airport near the city of Sulaymaniyah in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, official sources have told Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from the Iraqi capital Baghdad, said that the Arbat airport, located 50km (30 miles) to the east of Sulaimaniya, has been used by the "anti-terrorism" combat apparatus that is part of Sulaymaniyah security forces. "Whether all the victims are from the anti-terrorism apparatus remains to be known," he said. The airport was used for agricultural purposes in the past. Two members of the Kurdish security forces were wounded in the attack and were rushed to a military hospital in Sulaimaniya under tight security, a police source told Reuters.