Turkey Says 70 Kurdish Targets Hit

ANKARA–Turkish warplanes on Monday bombed some 70 Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, the military said. It was the fifth aerial attack against Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq in two months.
The raid lasted one hour early Monday in an area inside Iraq along the country’s northern border with Turkey, said Jabbar Yawar, an undersecretary at the ministry governing the Kurdistan regional government’s Peshmerga forces. The area includes the towns of Khnera, Khwakurd and Sidakan in Irbil province, he said.
Yawar said there were no civilian or Peshmerga casualties in the mostly abandoned area.
On Sunday, the Turkish military said troops killed 10 separatist Kurdish rebels at the end of a three-day operation in southeastern Turkey.
The Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, has been fighting for autonomy in southeastern Turkey for more than two decades, in a campaign that has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths.
Turkey has frequently targeted members of the PKK in cross-border raids into Iraqi territory, where thousands of the rebels are based. The group uses its strongholds in northern Iraq to mount strikes inside Turkey.
The PKK is believed to have a large base in Khnera. It was unclear whether the base was damaged.
Since Dec. 16, the Turkish military has confirmed four cross-border aerial raids into Iraq. Iraqi Kurdish officials, however, have reported other air strikes by Turkish jets, but those have never been confirmed by Turkey.
Turkey’s military says the raids have inflicted heavy losses on the PKK, killing as many as 175 rebels and destroying command and logistic centers, shelters, and ammunition depots.
The US has cautioned Ankara against a large incursion into northern Iraq, fearing it could disrupt one of country’s more stable regions.


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