Turkish forces kill 15 Kurdish rebels in southeast

By REUTERS
July 25, 2012 18:13

 
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DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - Turkish security forces killed at least 15 Kurdish rebels in a raid near the country's border with northern Iraq after tracking them with drones and attacking them with helicopters and on the ground, officials said on Wednesday.

They said drones spotted a group of Kurdish fighters who blocked roads on Monday in Hakkari province, then pinpointed them for an attack when the Kurdish fighters returned to the same area on Tuesday evening.

Three Turkish soldiers were injured in clashes that ensued, the security officials said.

The region is the theater of a 28-year-old conflict between Turkish forces and fighters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which in various incarnations has waged a campaign for autonomy in the largely Kurdish southeast of Turkey.

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