Iraq cancels Turkish minister's visit, summons ambassador after deadly drone attack

Iraq cancelled the Turkish defence minister’s visit to the country which was scheduled for Thursday after a Turkish drone killed two high-ranking Iraqi officers, the National newspaper said.

Iraqi Foreign Ministry also summoned the Turkish ambassador to hand him “a letter of protest with strong words" and inform him of Iraq’s confirmed rejection of his country’s attacks and violations, the National cited the ministry as saying on Tuesday.

A Turkish drone strike on Tuesday in the Sidakan area in northeastern Iraq, near the Turkish and Iranian borders, killed two members of Iraq’s border guard and the driver of the vehicle they were in. Iraqi officials labelled the strike a "blatant Turkish drone attack" in the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, where Ankara has for weeks been carrying out cross border military operations against Kurdish militia.