13 rebels killed in Turkish air raids inside Iraq

February 13th, 2009 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Ankara, Feb 13 (DPA) Thirteen Kurdish rebels were killed in Turkish air force raids last week on Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) camps in northern Iraq, a spokesman for the Turkish General Staff said Friday.
The spokesman said a number of Turkish jets had carried out bombing missions during the week on suspected PKK logistic targets in the Hukurk region of mountainous northern Iraq.

The Turkish military suspects there are as many as 5,000 PKK fighters holed up in northern Iraq bases from which they launch operations into Turkey.

Ankara blames the separatist group for the deaths of more than 32,000 people since the early 1980s when the PKK began its fight for independence or autonomy for the mainly Kurdish-populated southeast of Turkey.

The PKK is considered by the US and the European Union (EU) to be a terrorist group.

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