Military: anti-PKK operations mostly inside Turkey

Published 22.10.2011 08:56
Updated 22.10.2011 09:00

The Turkish military said on Friday that air and ground operations against PKK terrorists, following an attack earlier this week that killed 24 soldiers, were concentrated on the Turkish side of the border with Iraq.

The Turkish military said on Friday that air and ground operations against PKK terrorists, following an attack earlier this week that killed 24 soldiers, were concentrated on the Turkish side of the border with Iraq.

"The large part of air and ground operations are carried out in the country, focusing mainly on the Çukurca area, and air and ground operations continue in a few areas of northern Iraq," the military said in a statement posted on its website.

A Reuters reporter in Çukurca, one of the districts in the southeast province of Hakkari where the terrorist attacks from the outlawed PKK took place, said on Friday he could see little military activity in the area, apart from warplanes flying at high altitude overhead.

On Thursday, Turkish military initiated a land operation backed by air forces within Turkey and in the north of Iraq following Wednesday's PKK attack that killed 24 soldiers and wounded 18 others in the southeastern province of Hakkari.

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