Turkey kills 13 PKK rebels in northern Iraq

The air strike also badly damaged a PKK operations and logistics base.

Turkey kills 13 PKK rebels in northern Iraq
Turkish armed forces killed 13 Kurdish PKK rebels during an air strike last week in northern Iraq, the state-run news agency Anatolian reported on Friday.

The air strike also badly damaged a PKK operations and logistics base, according to Anatolian.

PKK uses northern Iraq's autonomous northern region as a base to launch attacks on targets in southeastern Turkey, and Turkish forces have frequently retaliated with air and artillery strikes.

In early 2008, Turkey sent thousands of troops across the border in an attempt to flush out the PKK and end its cross-border attacks.

Ankara, like the European Union and United States, calls the PKK a terrorist organisation. Around 40,000 people have been killed since 1984, when the PKK took up arms with a view to establishing an ethnic homeland in southeast Turkey.

Reuters
Last Mod: 13 Şubat 2009, 14:25
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