Friday, October 26, 2007

Turkey bombing new targets in northern Iraq

(CNN) -- Turkey, which has been fighting Kurdish rebels along the Iraqi-Turkish border, is conducting a new bombing raid on targets in northern Iraq, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said on CNN Turk on Friday.

This comes as Iraqi officials visited Ankara to persuade Turkish officials not to conduct an all-out cross-border assault on Kurdistan Workers' Party rebels, who have conducted attacks against Turkey from northern Iraq. The assault was reported a day after Turkey's president, Abdullah Gul, said his country's "patience has come to an end" over the separatist rebels.

With the threat of a full military operation in hand, Turkish airstrikes and ground operations have already been reported against PKK positions on both sides of the mountainous, rugged border region. One report, posted Thursday on the Turkish military Web site, said more than 30 "terrorists" preparing for an attack along the border late Tuesday were killed.

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