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    Turkish Airstrikes Kill 67 Kurdish Militants in Iraq

    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, June 15, 2009.
    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, June 15, 2009.
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    Turkey's air force has carried out air strikes against Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, killing at least 67 militants, the military said Saturday.

    The March 9 raids were carried out by 14 F-16 and F-4 fighter jets, and targeted camps, ammunition depots and other installations run by the Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK.

    The military says the offensive targeted sites in five areas: Qandil, Metina, Avasin, Haftanin and Basyan.

    The Turkish Air Force has been conducting strikes on PKK sites in northern Iraq since July when peace efforts between the government and the rebels collapsed.

    The PKK is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey and its Western allies. The group says it is fighting for greater autonomy and rights for the country's largest ethnic minority.

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    by: tufan
    March 13, 2016 5:32 PM
    There is not a genocide policy in Turkey. There are kurdish ministers in the cabinet. Pkk doesn't represent all kurds, they killed many kurds including babies. They suppressed kurds so that some kurds support them because they are afraid of being killed. Meanwhile pkk is based on marksist philosophy while many kurds are Muslim in Turkey. So less than half of the kurds may like pkk but more of them hate it. So igor, you don't have any knowledge about the social life and history about pkk and kurds in Turkey, just media tells what they want to tell to the world.
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    by: kemal from: TÜRKİYE
    March 14, 2016 7:41 AM
    Why even bother? Nobody can not understand you. Because you are a Turkish, you are a Muslim, you are so alone in this huge World and don't forget everybody will hate you forever as a Turkish. My last hope God will give our rights beyond the veil.

    by: Amin San from: Texas
    March 12, 2016 5:24 PM
    Turkey is trying to unravel the ceasefire!
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    by: Bulgaricus from: Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
    March 14, 2016 4:15 AM
    And people wonder why the PKK sets off bombs in Turkey? Erdo is directly to blame for this terrorism. He bombs Kurds in Iraq & shells them in Syria and expects nothing in return? Please!

    by: williweb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
    March 12, 2016 2:20 PM
    The Kurds must stop attacking America's NATO ally Turkey if they want our support. How does that saying go, The friend of my enemy is my enemy? The enemy of my enemy is my friend? Their battle for a Kurdish state must be postponed until the Syrian civil war stops. Until then we are all allies against IS.
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    by: mert from: TÜRKİYE
    March 14, 2016 7:33 AM
    Hey Igor how disgusting you!! many people died in a brutal attack. Can you explain why Kurds have rights to fight, kill, betray and torment people? Think about it all Chechen's, Kazakh's and the other million of people want to more state and land. Will you give them? Your communist goverment can give kurds a land or state. In any case you have the biggest land in the world, haven't you? We have just a world and we are human Please, TRY TO BE HUMAN AND UNDERSTAND THE PEOPLE'S PAİN.
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    by: Igor from: Russia
    March 13, 2016 1:30 AM
    The Kurds have rights to fight for an independence state to escape genocide policy of Turkey. They will fight until their goal is achieved no matter how hard it is and they are not alone.

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