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Turkey bombs PKK targets in Iraq
Ankara presses ahead with cross-border offensive against Kurdish separatists.
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2008 08:15 GMT
Turkish forces say they have killed at least 600
PKK fighters this year [EPA]

The Turkish military has said that 31 suspected targets belonging to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq have been hit in air raids.

According to a military statement, PKK positions in the Harkurk area along the Turkey-Iraq border, were hit on Saturday.

It was the sixth Turkish air raid in northern Iraq since October 3 when PKK fighters attacked a Turkish border outpost, killing 17 soldiers.

The daytime assault was followed by a machine-gun attack on a police bus in Diyarbakir, the main city of Turkey's  Kurdish-majority southeast, which claimed five lives.

The bus came under fire just as parliament in Ankara extended by one year the government's mandate to order cross-border military operations in northern Iraq against the PKK.

Ankara has accused the autonomous Kurdish administration of northern Iraq of tolerating the PKK on its territory and even aiding the fighters, who, it says, obtain weapons and explosives in the region for attacks against Turkish targets across the border.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister,  is under pressure to step up action against the PKK and toughen its stance towards the Iraqi Kurds.

The country's civilian and military leadership is scheduled to convene on Tuesday to outline fresh measures to combat the PKK, after an intitial meeting on Thursday.

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