Turkey carries out more air strikes in northern Iraq
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Officials say that Turkish have bombed suspected rebel hideouts in for the fourth time in five days. There is no information on whether there were any casualties.
The Iraq's .says the hit eight caves and hideouts used by (PKK) rebels Wednesday in
Turkish state media quote Presidentas saying that Ankara and Washington are satisfied with their cooperation in sharing intelligence to fight the PKK.
In another development, the Turkish military says troops killed six PKK rebels and captured two others Wednesday in a security operation in southeastern Turkey, near the Iraqi border.
It says troops have killed 11 rebels in the operation insince Tuesday.
The military said Tuesday that it has killed at least 150 to 175 Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq since December 16, when it began cross-border bombing raids. There has been no independent verification of rebel casualties.
Ankara had threatened to attack PKK bases in northern Iraq in response to a series of deadly ambushes by the group in southeastern Turkey in recent months. The Turkish parliament authorized cross-border operations against the group in October.
The PKK has been fighting for self-rule in southeastern Turkey since 1984. The conflict has killed more than 30,000 people.
- "Turkey launches airstrikes against Kurdish rebels" — Wikinews, October 24, 2007
- "Turkey preparing for incursion into Iraq after PKK militants kill 17 soldiers" — Wikinews, October 21, 2007
- "Turkish Parliament approves military action in Iraq" — Wikinews, October 18, 2007