Turkish army says kills 15 PKK in N Iraq

Turkey's army killed 15 members of the PKK terrorist organization in northern Iraq on Thursday.

Turkish army says kills 15 PKK in N Iraq

Turkey's army killed 15 members of the PKK terrorist organization in northern Iraq on Thursday using long-range land weapons, it said on Saturday.

The armed forces followed up the attack on the PKK terrorists based in neighbouring northern Iraq with air strikes on Friday, the Chief of General Staff said on its website.

The terrorists were trying to cross the border into Turkey, the army said, adding it was unclear how many had been killed in the air strikes.

Turkish warplanes and artillery have been bombing and shelling PKK positions periodically over several months, helped by intelligence provided by U.S. forces in Iraq.

On Feb. 21, the military launched a large-scale ground incursion, sending thousands of troops into Iraq against the PKK. Turkey's General Staff says 240 rebels were killed in the week-long campaign, along with 27 of its own men.

Turkey blames the PKK for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, since the group began its armed campaign for an ethnic homeland in southeast Turkey in 1984.

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