Separatist Kurdish rebels attacked a military unit near Turkey’s border with Iraq and Iran today, killing nine Turkish soldiers, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.
The attack came four days after Turkey’s Parliament passed a motion authorising an army offensive into neighbouring northern Iraq to stamp out rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, hiding there.
The rebels attacked the military unit, based near the town of Yuksekova, in Hakkari province, with heavy machinery, Anatolia said. Several soldiers were also injured in the violence.
Turkey has been pressing the US and the Iraqi government to crack down on the rebels who launch attacks in Turkey from bases in the north of Iraq.
The US and Iraq oppose any unilateral action by Turkey, fearing it could destabilise northern Iraq, the most stable part of the country.