Kurdish rebels: 200 Turkish soldiers surrounded by PKK in Iraq

Kurdish rebels surrounded about 200 Turkish soldiers in a mountain valley in northern Iraq on Thursday, a spokesman for the rebels said. Rebel spokesman Ahmad Danas said the soldiers were in a valley between two mountains about 10 kilometers from the Turkey-Iraq border when the rebels surrounded them. Heavy clashes have broken out between the two sides, he added. A Turkish helicopter in the area was hit by rebel fire, Danas said. Turkish officials were not immediately available for comment.