Thursday, August 18, 2011

Turkish warplanes attack PKK targets in Iraq

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(Reuters) - Turkey sent warplanes to attack Kurdish targets in northern Iraq on Wednesday, military sources said, hours after a rebel attack in southeast Turkey killed a dozen soldiers.
The planes took off from a base in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir and struck targets in the mountainous Kandil and Zap areas of Iraq where the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) operates a number of bases, the sources said.
They said the targets included anti-aircraft defenses and rebel shelters in the region.
The air raids came hours after reports of an attack by Kurdish guerrillas on a military convoy in southeastern Turkey.
Eleven solders and a member of the state-backed village guard militia were killed in the ambush in Hakkari province's Cukurca district near the Iraqi border, Turkish media reported.
The PKK did not immediately claim responsibility.

Footage reveals firefight between Turkish soldiers, PKK militants

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An amateur footage taken late Monday shows a Turkish military outpost coming under attack by alleged members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in Beytüşşebap district of the southeastern Şırnak province.
Militants are attacking the outpost seen as two light sources in the upper center of the video. Soldiers fire illumination flares into the air after the initial attack by the militants and retaliate with guns and heavy weaponry.


Hope For Peace Fades in Turkey Over PKK Attack
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, August 17, 2011
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, August 17, 2011
The Turkish government has vowed strong retaliation against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), after Kurdish rebels launched a deadly attack on Turkish soldiers in Hakkari province near Turkey's border with Iraq.  The killings are the latest escalation in the more than two decades of conflict and hopes of a peaceful solution are now fading fast.

 Nine soldiers were killed in an ambush near the Iraqi border that was blamed on the Kurdish rebel group the PKK.

The Turkish army retaliated with airstrikes, but it is believed the rebels had already crossed back to their bases in neighboring Iraq.

The attack brought an angry response from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"Terrorists martyred our children," Ergogan said.  "May God rest their lost. Terror is a cruel phenomena - without a religion, without a nation, without a race, without a country."
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