Turkish military launches ground incursion into Iraq

Turkish troops have launched a ground incursion across the border into Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebels, the military said Friday. The ground operation started after Turkish warplanes and artillery bombed suspected rebel targets on Thursday, the military said on its Web site. "After the successful bombing, a cross-border ground incursion backed by the Air Force started at 7:00 p.m. (17:00 GMT)" on Thursday, it said.