Iraq canceled visit of Turkish defense minister in connection with drone strike

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The Iraqi Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, August 12, announced the cancellation of the visit of the Turkish Defense Minister in connection with a Turkish drone attack in Iraq, as a result of which border guards were killed.

The diplomatic department added that the Foreign Ministry will call the Turkish ambassador to convey him a note of protest, TASS reports.

As RIA Novosti clarifies, the Iraqi authorities threatened Ankara with “revising the volume of cooperation between the two countries in various fields” if Turkey again ignored Baghdad’s demands to stop violating the country’s sovereignty and withdraw troops from Iraqi territory.

Earlier, the press service of the Iraqi security agencies reported that two officers of the Iraqi border service and another soldier were victims of a Turkish drone strike in one of the areas in the Erbil province in the north of the country. Iraqi television station Al-Sumaria clarified that a total of five Iraqi border guards and ten supporters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed in the attack.

Earlier, on August 11, it was reported that an explosion occurred in the area of ​​the border between Iraq and Kuwait as a result of an attack by Shiite militants who were trying to attack a convoy of American military equipment. Later this information was denied.

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