Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish rebels in Iraq
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||24 June 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish rebels in Iraq, 24 June 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4ff6aa381e.html [accessed 18 September 2014]|
June 24, 2012
Turkey's military says Turkish warplanes have carried out air strikes on suspected Kurdish rebel hideouts in northern Iraq.
The army's general staff said on its website that the air strikes had hit "nine targets" belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
It said the raids began on June 22.
The raids are the second Turkish air campaign against rebel hideouts in northern Iran within a week following the killing of eight Turkish soldiers along the border with Iraq on June 19.
The military said more than 30 rebels have been killed following the June 19 attack.
Kurdish rebels have used northern Iraq as a springboard for attacks on Turkish targets in their decades-long fight for automony in Turkey's Kurdish-majority southeast.
The conflict has claimed the lives of some 45,000 people since 1984.
Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Reuters