Turkish planes strike Kurdish targets in Iraq

February 6th, 2009 - 7:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Ankara, Feb 6 (Xinhua) Turkish planes have carried out air strikes against Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq, the Anatolia news agency reported Friday quoting the Turkish General Staff. General Staff Communication Department Chief General Metin Gurak said that Turkish planes hit PKK targets in Hakurk region Feb 4-5.

Necessary precautions were taken as usual during the air operation to avoid any harm to civilians, Gurak said.

He added that two PKK members were captured and one PKK member surrendered to Turkish security forces during the counter-terrorism operation by Turkish armed forces since Jan 30.

The Turkish forces have initiated tougher action against the PKK after the country’s legislature extended Oct 8 the government’s mandate to launch cross-border operations against the rebels in northern Iraq.

The PKK took up arms in 1984 to create an ethnic homeland in southeast Turkey. Some 40,000 people have been killed in the over-two-decade conflict.

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