Report: Turkish warplanes bomb Kurdish rebel bases in Iraq

Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish rebel bases deep inside Iraq, Turkey's state-run media said early Friday. Bombing of the Qandil region in Iraq, which is near the Iraq-Iran border and is dozens of kilometers from the frontier between Iraq and Turkey, started around 1945 GMT on Thursday, Anatolia said, citing unnamed security officials in northern Iraq. Firat, a pro-Kurdish news agency based in Europe, confirmed the bombing, saying it lasted three hours. Turkey's military has not confirmed or denied the reports. Turkey is fighting Kurdish rebels, who took up arms against the Turkish government in 1984. The rebel group, also known as PKK, has fought for self-rule in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast since then.