SULAIMANIYA – Reuters
Turkish warplanes attacked northern Iraq Monday, Iraqi security officials said yesterday, bombing a mountainous area that is home to bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Jabbar Yawar, spokesman for Peshmerga security forces in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdistan region, said the warplanes struck an area near Nerwa Wa Rekan, a village in the northern province of Dahuk. There were no reports of any casualties.
An Iraqi border guard said it was an artillery attack, not a bombing by airplanes.
The Turkish military has regularly attacked PKK positions in the mountains of northern Iraq, where several thousand militants are believed to be holed up.
The PKK took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984 with the aim of establishing an ethnic homeland in southeast Turkey. Some 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict. Meanwhile, British lawyers are taking Turkey to the European Court of Human Rights, or ECHR, over compensation for alleged deaths and damage caused by Turkish military incursions and bombardments of northern Iraq. The British daily Guardian reported that the test cases, lodged in Strasbourg, will force Turkey to justify incursions aimed at destroying PKK bases in Iraq. The legal claims have been brought forward by the London-based Kurdish Human Rights Project, or KHRP, on behalf of Muslim and Chaldean Christian villagers who say they lost their homes during Turkish air raids last October and December.