World Bulletin / News Desk
“Army forces downed the drone near Al-Salamiyah village in the Nimrud district southeast of Mosul,” Army Captain Bassam Saad told Anadolu Agency.
Peshmerga spokesmen and KRG officials have yet to comment on the officer’s claims.
Earlier Thursday, Peshmerga forces reportedly cut the Erbil-Mosul road in Nineveh province.
The move was reportedly based on information obtained by the KRG’s security council that Iraqi forces, including Federal Police units and Hashd al-Shaabi fighters, were preparing to launch a “large-scale” offensive in the region.
Tension has mounted between the Iraqi government and the KRG since Sept. 25, when Iraqis in KRG-controlled areas -- and in some areas disputed between Baghdad and Erbil (the KRG’s administrative capital) -- voted on whether or not to declare independence.
In the immediate aftermath of last month’s illegitimate referendum, Baghdad banned international flights from entering KRG-controlled areas and closed all foreign diplomatic missions based in the Kurdish region.
‘Fierce’ clashes now underway in Kirkuk between Iraqi forces, Peshmerga fighters, official Iraqi sources report
EU leaders have made clear they will not agree on Friday to move talks on to the future trading relationship with Britain, saying there has not yet been enough progress on the terms of the divorce.
Gulen has a history of corruption and radicalism, Abraham R. Wagner says
The group kicked off its first working session in a seafront hotel on the island of Ischia on how to deal with the potential return to Europe of foreign fighters fleeing a crumbling Islamic State group.
Another major EU state -- Italy -- will see 2 wealthy regions push for more financial independence on Sunday
The Serious Crimes Prosecutor has asked Albania's parliament to lift MP and former minister Saimir Tahiri's immunity, so that he can be arrested in relation to drugs smuggling charges.
FAA submits paper to UN agency amid international gathering on aviation safety
Every Somali citizen has to take a gun and fight al-Shabaab, president tells thousands at football stadium
Warrant issued after KRG official compares Baghdad’s recent troop deployments to Saddam-era ethnic cleansing campaign
Total recoverable oil reserves at 5 blocks could be about 670 million barrels
Christian anti-Balaka militia accused of attacking Muslims in the country's south killing at least 20
All flight traffic between Saudi Arabia and Iraq has remained frozen since latter’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait
More than 10,000 children are still separated from their families, aid organizations say
Conservative Premier Stanislaw Tillich steps down after embarrassing election defeat in eastern state of Saxony
'Pro-regime forces attacked our partners and attempted to block them from liberating the Syrian people,' White House says