Turkish forces barrage border area in northern Iraq as tensions rise

October 15, 2007 17:33


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Kurdish residents in villages along Iraq's border with Turkey called for US intervention after a mountainous area in northern Iraq was hit with artillery and rocket fire over the weekend. Kurdish authorities were guarded in their response, but residents in the border village of Inshki called on the United States to intervene. Iraqi army Col. Hussein Rashid of the border guard forces said Turkish troops fired more than 250 artillery shells and at least 10 missiles on three areas inside Iraqi territory late Saturday. But, he said, the shelling caused no casualties or damages as it hit only abandoned areas in the mountains. AP Television News footage shot from the village of Inshki, 30 kilometers from the Turkish border, showed a hillside dotted with balls of fire, terrifying residents below.

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