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BAGHDAD - Iraq summoned Turkey's ambassador to Baghdad to demand an immediate halt to air strikes along its northern border, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Thursday.
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"Yesterday the Turkish ambassador was summoned here to the foreign ministry. He was handed a ... protest, diplomatic note about the continued bombing," Zebari told Reuters in an interview. "We demanded an immediate stop to these air strikes."
The Turkish military said on Tuesday it had killed
up to 100 Kurdish separatist rebels in six days of air strikes in
response to an escalation of guerrilla attacks after the collapse of
efforts to negotiate a settlement of the 27-year-old conflict.
Thursday, 15 Turkish soldiers were injured when an explosive device was
detonated next to an army convoy in southeastern Turkey's Hakkari
province, Turkey's English-language news site Hurriyet reported.
According to the report, the bomb was detonated by a remote device triggered by PKK separatists.