THREE TURKISH SOLDIERS AND 5 KURDISH REBELS KILLED NEAR TURKISH-IRAQI BORDER
02.08.2007 16:11 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Three Turkish soldiers and five Kurdistan Workers
Party (PKK) guerrillas were killed in clashes in eastern Turkey near
the Iraqi border.
Five soldiers were also injured in the clashes in the eastern province
of Tunceli, said a source in the army, who did not wish to be named. He
also said dozens of soldiers have been killed this year in military
operations carried out by Turkey in country’s east and southeast. This
has prompted calls from the army for a cross-border incursion into
northern Iraq to deal with rebels based there. The Justice and
Development party (AKP) government, re-elected last month, resists
the powerful army’s calls to launch military operation against Iraq.
The United States also opposes incursion into northern Iraq. Bases
of PKK are located in northern Iraq since 1984.