Iraqi officer: Turkey has shelled Kurdish villages in N. Iraq

October 21, 2007 12:21


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Turkey fired about 15 artillery shells toward Kurdish villages in the border area in northern Iraq but caused no casualties on Sunday, an Iraqi army officer said, after separatist Kurdish rebels operating in the area reportedly killed 13 Turkish soldiers. The shelling, which started at about 7:00 a.m., concentrated in the Mateen mountain range in the Amadiyah area, about 30 kilometers away from the border, said Col. Hussein Rashid of the border guard forces. Rashid said the villages had been deserted due to the tensions on the borders and no casualties were reported. The Turkish military had no immediate comment on the latest reported shelling but has said its troops have "responded heavily" to past armed attacks from northern Iraq and would continue to do so.

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