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Turkish Airstrikes Hit Kurdish Rebels in Iraq

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FILE - Dozens of Turkish F-16 jets prepare to take off during Anatolian Eagle exercise at 3rd Main Jet Air Base near the central Anatolian city of Konya.

FILE - Dozens of Turkish F-16 jets prepare to take off during Anatolian Eagle exercise at 3rd Main Jet Air Base near the central Anatolian city of Konya.

Turkish state media report at least 20 Kurdish militants were killed in Turkish airstrikes on northern Iraq early Wednesday.

Turkey's F-16 fighter jets targeted members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) in the mountainous region of Hakurk near Iraq's border with Turkey, according to Anadolu news agency.

A two-year-old cease-fire and peace process between Turkey's government and the PKK collapsed in July 2015.

Turkish warplanes have been carrying out frequent bombing raids on PKK camps in northern Iraq and in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast. The rebels have responded with a string of bloody attacks on security forces.

This is Turkey's first attack on the PKK since the failed coup attempt last week.

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