Turkish airstrikes hit Kurd rebels

Turkey bombed Kurdish rebel hideouts in northern Iraq today.

Turkey bombed Kurdish rebel hideouts in northern Iraq today.

Planes flew reconnaissance flights over the border area before bombing targets of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

Turkey last month launched an eight-day major ground operation into northern Iraq to hit Kurdish guerrilla camps.

The military said it inflicted heavy losses on a large group of rebels in Iraq’s Zap region, close to the Turkish border, during the ground incursion. The rebels have disputed that claim.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who visited Ankara earlier this month, said the rebels would not be tolerated inside Iraq’s borders and that Baghdad was pressuring them to lay down their arms.

The PKK has said it wants political and cultural autonomy for the predominantly Kurdish region of south-eastern Turkey. The conflict has since killed tens of thousands of people since it began in 1984.

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