Turkish military hits 13 PKK targets in N.Iraq

The PKK uses northern Iraq as a base from which to launch attacks on the Turkish military.

Turkish military hits 13 PKK targets in N.Iraq
Turkey's military said on Thursday its fighter jets hit 13 PKK targets in northern Iraq the previous day, but said it was still trying to confirm losses suffered by the militants.

Operations will continue against PKK, the military said in a statement on its website.

The PKK uses northern Iraq as a base from which to launch attacks on the Turkish military.

"Targets proven to belong to the terrorist organisation PKK/KONGRA-GEL in northern Iraq's Zap region were fired upon successfully by Turkish fighter jets on July 23, 2008," the statement said.

The military said only PKK targets were fired upon and that no civilian casualties or damage were incurred.

The operation takes place a week after heavy fighting between the military and PKK militants in southeast Turkey, and some 40,000 troops are currently stationed along Turkey's border with Iraq.

More than 40,000 people have been killed since 1984.

The European Union and the United States consider the PKK a terrorist organisation as does Turkey.

Reuters
Last Mod: 24 Temmuz 2008, 13:28
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