Turkey Hits Kurds With Air Strikes

Claims rebels suffer 'heavy losses' but no fatalities
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2007 3:33 PM CST
Turkish Air Force fighters fly over a national flag during a ceremony on the Victory Day in Ankara, Turkey, in this Aug. 30, 2007 file photo. Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Turkey bombed Kurdish rebel targets in Northern Iraq today, claiming strikes on "infrastructure" but no fatalities, the BBC reports. Ten planes reportedly attacked the al-Amadiyah region, which Kurdish officials say is abandoned for fear of military strikes. Turkish officials said the militant PKK "suffered heavy losses in terms of its infrastructure and its human resources."

The Turkish army website warned after the strike that Kurdish rebels "will understand through experience that northern Iraq is not a safe place" said that they "have no chance against the Turkish military." Hundreds of Turkish soldiers launched a ground attack after a similar strike last Sunday. The US, which has shared military intelligence on the Kurds, is against any large campaign against Iraq's most stable region.