Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels on patrol in the Iraqi part of Qandil Mountains near the Iraq-Iran-Turkey border
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels on patrol in the Iraqi part of Qandil Mountains near the Iraq-Iran-Turkey border in 2007. Turkish jets bombed bases in northern Iraq used by the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) for a third straight day on Friday, a rebel spokesman told AFP. © Safin Hamed - AFP/File
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels on patrol in the Iraqi part of Qandil Mountains near the Iraq-Iran-Turkey border
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Last updated: August 20, 2011

Turkey bombs north Iraq for third day

Turkish jets bombed bases in northern Iraq used by the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) for a third straight day on Friday, a rebel spokesman told AFP.

"The attacks started again this morning (Friday) against Qandil only," Dozdar Hammo said, referring to an area of north Iraq close to the border with Turkey.

He added that bombings by the Turkish air force lasted for around three hours on Thursday night against Qandil and bases in Khowakirk and Al-Zab, all close to the Iraq-Turkey border.

The Turkish military said earlier on Friday that its jets bombed 28 PKK targets on Thursday, after conducting bombing raids against 60 targets on Wednesday as well.

In coordination with the air strikes, 96 more targets in the region were kept under intense artillery fire, the Turkish military statement said.

The bombardment this week is the first time in more than a year that the Turkish military has carried out air strikes on PKK bases in northern Iraq.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist group by Ankara and much of the international community, took up arms in the Kurdish-majority southeast in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed about 45,000 lives.

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