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Turkey fighter jets attack PKK targets inside Iraq, killing 25
Turkish warplanes hit 14 PKK targets inside Iraq between September 5 and 9, killing 25 people. (File Photo)
Turkish warplanes hit 14 PKK targets inside Iraq between September 5 and 9, killing 25 people. (File Photo)
Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:18PM
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Turkish fighter jets have attacked Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq, killing at least 25 members of the separatist group.


Turkey's armed forces said in a statement on Monday that Turkish warplanes hit 14 PKK targets inside Iraq between September 5 and 9.

"An air operation has been staged against 14 targets of the separatist terrorist organization in the north of Iraq between September 5 and 9," the chief of staff said in an online statement, adding that dozens of PKK shelters, several ammunition depots and anti-aircraft were also destroyed during the cross-border operation.

Ankara has launched a major offensive against PKK in the southeastern province of Sirnak, bordering Iraq, since last week, which local sources said was backed by air power as well as thousands of ground troops, and so far, dozens of PKK members have been killed in the military operation.

Earlier on Monday, the army announced that 461 people were killed this year in clashes between government forces and PKK in the country's southeast.

According to the the army figures, 373 PKK members were killed in operations carried out over five months, and 88 Turkish soldiers in the last nine months.

PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s and the conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead on both sides.

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