Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Turkish Ministry of Defense published video footage of what it said were air strikes it carried out against Kurdish targets, amid Iraqi anger.
The Turkish Defense said, in its account on Twitter, on Tuesday, that as a result of the strikes, two PKK members were killed, after they were discovered in the Zab region in northern Iraq.
Irak kuzeyi Zap bölgesinde tespit edilen 2 PKK’lı terörist daha icra edilen hava harekâtıyla etkisiz hale getirildi. Hiçbir şehidimizin kanı yerde kalmadı, kalmayacak! #İyikivarsınEren Seni ve tüm şehitlerimizi unutmadık! 🇹🇷 Allah’tan rahmet diliyoruz. https://t.co/hUxHBg9F4V
Later, the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced, on Wednesday, the cancellation of the visit of the Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar, to the country, according to what was reported by the official news agency (INA).
The spokesman for the joint operations, Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji, said that there was communication and consultation with officials of the Kurdistan region regarding the Turkish attack by a drone, “in the Sidkan area, which resulted in the killing of two Iraqi military leaders, in addition to a driver who was accompanying them.”
Khafaji indicated that there are other details that will be consulted with the region to find out what are the reasons that led to this attack and how a certain party is targeting military leaders within the Iraqi borders.
For his part, the spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Army, Yahya Rasool, said: We will not tolerate the shedding of Iraqi blood,” according to the official news agency.
Source: CNN Arabic