Drone Explodes in Iraqi Kurdish Capital of Irbil

Claims drone was aimed at US Consulate

A drone carrying explosives exploded in Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, on Wednesday, causing damage and slight injuries to three people.

The explosion took place on the outskirts of Irbil, not far from the US and UAE Consulates. There is speculation those might’ve been targeted since there’s not much else in the area.

That’s hardly definitive though, as the explosion was just on a street in the area, and the damage was mostly just to vehicles. That, along with a lack of claims of responsibility, mean this may not have been a major attack attempt.

At the same time, Irbil has had its share of violence lately, with ISIS active around the north, and Iran accusing Israel of using Kurdish territory to target them.

Iraq PM Kadhimi promised to cooperate with the Kurds in the investigation. President Salih called it an attempt to undermine security.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.