Turk warplanes strike PKK targets in Iraq

Warplanes and artillery units hit PKK positions in northern Iraq in response to a PKK raid on a military outpost inside Turkey, the military said Sunday.

Turk warplanes strike PKK targets in Iraq
Targets in Saturday's raids included an area just across the border where militants had allegedly gathered after attacking the military station in Hakkari province, near the Iraq border, the military said in a statement posted on its Web site.

Six soldiers and 19 militants were killed in the attack and military airstrikes that followed, according to the military. The militants denied suffering any losses.

The military said in the statement that artillery units and attack aircraft "intensely and effectively" struck PKK targets in the Avasin-Basyan area in northern Iraq.

"All targets have been hit with accuracy and terrorists in the targeted facilities have been rendered ineffective," the military statement said. "Studies and evaluations are under way to determine final results."

The military said its forces were careful to avoid affecting civilians or local Iraqi Kurdish forces in the attack.

"The Turkish Armed Forces will continue its struggle against terrorism with increasing power and determination," the military said. "Any heinous act against the Turkish Republic will be responded to immediately and heavily."

The PKK maintains bases in the north of neighboring Iraq that serve as a launch pad for attacks on targets inside Turkey.

Turkey has launched several aerial attacks and one major ground operation against PKK bases across the border with Iraq this year.

Agencies

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