Turkish news agency: Kurdish rebels kill Turkish soldiers

Kurdish rebels killed a soldier during a clash in Turkey's southeast, a Turkish news agency reported on Moday. The Dogan agency said Monday that the soldier was killed in Batman province, some 1,000 kilometers southeast of the capital, Ankara. Officials in Batman could not immediately be reached to confirm the report. Kurdish rebels in Turkey took up arms against the government in 1984 to fight for self-rule in parts of the country's southeast and east. Tens of thousands have been killed in the fighting. The Turkish military staged several air raids and one ground operation into neighboring Iraq this year where some of the Kurdish rebels maintain bases.