Kurdish official: Turkish warplanes target northern Iraq

November 21, 2011 19:24

ARBIL, Iraq - Turkish warplanes carried out an air strike in Iraq's northern Kurdish region on Monday as part of a continued operation against Kurdish rebels, a local government official said.

Turkey has been conducting air strikes against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) since August following the breakdown of a ceasefire and an increase in separatist attacks by the PKK.

"Turkish fighter jets bombed some remote border villages in Sedaka today," Ahmed Qadir, a local government representative in the hamlet of Sedaka, near the Turkish-Iranian border in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, told Reuters.

"Information available does not say where exactly the areas targeted are or whether there were any casualties or damage."

The PKK, regarded as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States, launches attacks from hideouts inside the remote Iraqi mountains as part of their fight for more Kurdish autonomy and rights.

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