Turkish warplanes target PKK in northern Iraq
Turkish warplanes carried out an air strike in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region on Monday as part of a continued operation against the PKK, a local administration official said.
Turkey has been conducting air strikes against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) since August following the breakdown of a ceasefire and an increase in attacks by the PKK.
“Turkish fighter jets bombed some remote border villages in Sedaka today,” Ahmed Qadir, a local government representative in the hamlet of Sedaka, near the Turkish-Iranian border in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, told Reuters.
“Information available does not say where exactly the areas targeted are or whether there were any casualties or damage.”
The PKK, regarded as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the European Union and the United States, launches attacks from hideouts inside the remote Iraqi mountains as part of their fight for more Kurdish autonomy and rights.
Turkey and Iran have often skirmished with PKK members in the region and Turkish leaders vowed revenge last month with air and ground strikes after the PKK killed 24 Turkish soldiers in raids on military outposts in the south of the country.
It was one of the deadliest attacks since the PKK took up arms in 1984 in a conflict in which more than 40,000 people have been killed.
Turkish authorities did not immediately confirm the operation.
Fırat news agency reported that five Turkish war planes had been flying over Iraq’s Qandil mountains but said it had not received any information about bombing in the area.
21 November 2011, Monday / TODAYSZAMAN.COM WITH REUTERS,
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