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August 17, 2008

Turkish warplanes ‘bomb PKK base’

Turkish warplanes ‘bomb PKK base’

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Turkish warplanes bombed a hideout of the rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq late on Saturday, the Turkish army says.

It says the jets “successfully” hit the PKK base in a cave in the Avasin-Basyan area and returned to their bases.

The Turkish army did not give any details of casualties.

Turkey accuses PKK rebels of using hideouts in northern Iraq to fight their campaign for self-rule in mainly Kurdish south-east Turkey.

Ankara has staged a number of air raids on suspected rebel targets in northern Iraq since last year, and mounted a major ground incursion last February.

Some 40,000 people have been killed since the PKK launched its campaign in 1984.

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