Turkish warplanes attack PKK targets in Iraq

August 17, 2011 23:34

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - Turkey sent warplanes to attack Kurdish targets in northern Iraq on Wednesday, military sources said, hours after a rebel attack in southeast Turkey killed a dozen soldiers.

The planes took off from a base in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir and struck targets in the mountainous Kandil and Zap areas of Iraq where the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) operates a number of bases, the sources said.

They said the targets included anti-aircraft defenses and rebel shelters in the region.

The air raids came hours after reports of an attack by Kurdish guerrillas on a military convoy in southeastern Turkey.

Eleven solders and a member of the state-backed village guard militia were killed in the ambush in Hakkari province's Cukurca district near the Iraqi border, Turkish media reported.

The PKK did not immediately claim responsibility.

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