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Kurdish News Agency: Turkey Targets Kurdish Rebels in Northern Iraq


A Kurdish news agency says Turkish warplanes have bombed Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq.

The Firat news agency quotes Kurdish party officials as saying Turkish jets hit the Hakurk region Wednesday near the borders of Iraq, Iran and Turkey. It said there were no reports of casualties.

A spokesman for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, confirmed the strike. There was no official confirmation from the Turkish military.

Turkey accuses the PKK of using strongholds in northern Iraq to launch attacks. The military has conducted several air strikes and at least one ground incursion into Iraq against the rebels this year.

The PKK has been fighting for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast for nearly 25 years. That violence has killed more than 30,000 people.

Turkey, the United States and other nations have designated the PKK a terrorist group.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.

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