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Turkish warplanes bomb Kurdish hideouts in northern Iraq

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 2 July 2012
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July 02, 2012

Turkey's military says its warplanes have bombed Kurdish rebel hideouts in northern Iraq.

In a statement, the military said that three suspected rebel positions in the areas of Kandil and Zap were bombed after being identified last week as being used by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The statement did not reveal the number of casualties.

The raids came two weeks after an attack by the PKK on a military outpost in southeastern Turkey in which eight Turkish soldiers died and 16 were wounded.

Turkish officials said around 20 rebels were also killed.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey and most of the international community.

It took up arms in Kurdish-majority southeast Turkey in 1984, instigating a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa

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