Turkish Gunships Strike Kurdish Outpost in Iraq

Turkish Prime Minister warned a strike was 'nearing'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 13, 2007 6:19 AM CST
A Turkish soldier stands atop an armored vehicle in Sirnak province, on the Turkish-Iraqi borderyesterday. Turkey has massed tens of thousands of troops along the Iraqi border to block Kurdish rebel infiltration...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Turkish helicopter gunships have struck a suspected Kurdish guerrilla base inside the Iraqi border, AP is reporting. Turks targeted an area near the town of Zakho before dawn today. Iraqi officials said there were no casualties in the attacks on what they characterized as "abandoned villages"  that housed no Kurdish guerrillas. Turkish officials could not be reached to confirm the reports.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his party members yesterday that the date of a strike across the border was "nearing," a prominent legislator said today. Tens of thousands of Turkish soldiers have been massed along the border to block Kurdish guerrilla incursions into Turkey and prepare for a possible strike in Iraq.