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Turkish Warplanes Strike PKK Targets in Northern Iraq

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FILE - Military and police armored vehicles are parked in Baglar district, which is partially under curfew, in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, March 17, 2016. The Turkish military says its warplanes have carried out airstrikes on Kurdish rebel positions along the border in northern Iraq on March 23, 2016..

FILE - Military and police armored vehicles are parked in Baglar district, which is partially under curfew, in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, March 17, 2016. The Turkish military says its warplanes have carried out airstrikes on Kurdish rebel positions along the border in northern Iraq on March 23, 2016..

The Turkish military says its warplanes have carried out airstrikes on Kurdish rebel positions along the border in northern Iraq.

The airstrikes, which took place late Wednesday, struck 11 targets, including ammunition deports, bunkers and shelters, belonging to the Kurdistan's Workers' Party or PKK. The attacks took place in Iraq's Hakkurk, Haftanin and Avasin-Basyan regions.

The military said 26 PKK fighters were killed during shellings Tuesday in Turkey's southeast.

Turkey said more than a thousand militants have been killed in the largely Kurdish southeast since the PKK cease-fire collapsed in July

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said more than 300 members of the security forces have died, while the pro-Kurdish opposition says hundreds of civilians have also been killed.

The PKK is designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and European Union.


Some material for this report came from AP.

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