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Turkish planes strike rebels in Iraq, official says

Turkish planes strike rebels in Iraq, official says

Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish guerrilla targets in northern Iraq yesterday in their fourth such cross-border raid in five days, Turkey's general staff said yesterday.
The Turkish military said its offensive against outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas inside Turkey and across the border in northern Iraq would continue.
"Fighter jets belonging to the Turkish armed forces successfully hit targets belonging to the terrorist organization in the early hours of December 26," the General Staff said in a statement, adding eight PKK hideouts were hit in the Zap valley.
Jabbar Yawar, spokesman for Peshmerga security forces of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, said the strike lasted about an hour in a mountainous border region of Dahuk province but inflicted no casualties.
Turkey says it has the right to use force to combat separatist rebels who take shelter in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq and mount attacks in which they have killed dozens of Turkish troops in recent months.
Turkish aircraft also struck targets across northern Iraq on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, the latest salvoes in a campaign that began with a larger bombing raid on December 16. Up to several hundred ground troops as well as long-range artillery have also been involved in the brief cross-border raids.
Turkey says its strikes are aimed at PKK guerrillas based in northern Iraq. Hundreds of civilians have fled villages in the border area.


Updated : 2021-02-27 00:42 GMT+08:00