[QODLink]
Europe
Turkey bombs PKK bases in Iraq
Kurdistan Workers' Party spokesman says one fighter and two civilians injured.
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2008 14:14 GMT
Turkey's leaders want to extend a mandate allowing incursions against the PKK in Iraq [AFP]

At least 10 Turkish fighter planes have bombed suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions in northern Iraq.

The raids that took place on Thursday hit PKK sites in the Qandil mountains on the Iranian-Iraqi border, where the Turkish army says the outlawed group's leaders are  based.

Brigadier General Metin Gurak, head of the general staff's media office, said Turkish jets had struck 16 suspected targets before returning to their bases in Turkey.

Ahmed Deniz, a PKK spokesman, said the attack began at 2200 local time on Thursday, damaging a school and wounding three people, including one PKK fighter and two civilians.

Deniz said the operation had lasted two hours and had hit the villages of Kutak, Surage and Kozala.

Azad Wassu, mayor of the Iraqi town of Jarawa near the Qandil mountains, said five families had fled their homes but there were no casualties or damage.

Ankara says thousands of PKK fighters use northern Iraq to stage attacks inside Turkey.

Gurak said: "The north of Iraq is no longer a safe haven."  

Cross-border strikes

The Turkish government has asked parliament to extend a mandate, which expires next month, to launch further military operations against the PKK in Iraq.

Since a land offensive in February, Turkey's military has confined its cross-border operations to air strikes and the shelling of PKK targets.

The PKK took up arms against the government in 1984 to fight for self-rule in parts of the country's southeast and east.

Tens of thousands have been killed in the fighting.

Gurak said six PKK fighters and one soldier had been killed in separate clashes on Thursday.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
More than fifty years of an armed struggle for independence from Spain might be coming to an end in the Basque Country.
After the shooting-down of flight MH17, relatives ask what the carrier has learned from still-missing MH370.
Human rights and corporate responsibility prompt a US church to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
Afghan militias have accumulated a lengthy record of human-rights abuses, including murders and rapes.
Growing poverty is strengthening a trend among UK Muslims to fund charitable work closer to home.
join our mailing list