Turkey bombs north Iraq: PKK

AFP , Sunday 13 Nov 2011

PKK separatist group say that Turkish military launched an air strike on the Qandil border area, but left no causalities

Turkish warplanes bombed the Qandil border area in Iraqi Kurdistan on Sunday for about an hour, a spokesman for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatist group said.

Dozdar Hammo said that Turkish jets began bombing the area, in which the PKK has bases, around 11:00 am (0800 GMT) and continued for about an hour. He did not provide any additional details.

The Turkish military launched an operation in northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region after a PKK attack last month killed 24 soldiers in the town of Cukurca near the Iraqi border, the army's biggest loss since 1993.

Listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey and much of the international community, the PKK took up arms for Kurdish independence in southeastern Turkey in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

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