Drone attack in Sulaymaniyah

A car was struck by an armed drone in the countryside of the Sulaymaniyah city in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq).

The South Kurdistan-based RojNews agency reports that an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) struck a car near the village of Zelani in the Sharbajar district of Sulaymaniyah on Tuesday.

While further information about the attack and its consequences was not immediately available, an official statement by the authorities of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) is not yet available either. Turkey is suspected to be behind the aerial strike as was the case with the previous UCAV attacks in the region.

In recent years, the region has frequently been targeted by the Turkish air force, often with the nearby Asos Mountains being bombed. Turkish airstrikes have become routine in South Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, as they are in Northeast Syria. For eleven days in a row, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have also been bombing areas in southern Kurdistan.