ANKARA – Turkish Daily News
Turkey carried out fresh air strikes on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, headquarters in the Kandil mountain range in northern Iraq early yesterday and hit 12 targets, the military said on its Web site yesterday.
�Terrorist losses are being evaluated,� the military said, adding, �The anti-terrorist operations were carried out with determination inside the country and abroad in view of military needs.�
It said Turkish jets safely returned to their bases as the operation was completed. There was no word of casualties in the air raids that began at midnight.
The Kandil mountain range, where the PKK has its main headquarters, borders the three countries of Turkey, Iran and Iraq.
Turkish warplanes have been bombing PKK positions in the mountains of northern Iraq since Dec. 16. In February, the army conducted a weeklong ground offensive against PKK bases in the region, killing at least 240 terrorists and destroying dozens of hideouts, training camps and ammunition depots.
The Turkish government has a one-year parliamentary authorization for cross-border military action against the PKK, which expires in October. Yesterday's bombing runs were the first air strikes reported since Thursday when the Turkish military said it struck 13 PKK targets inside northern Iraq.
The PKK is regarded as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. A Kurdish Peshmerga source, declining to be named, and Azad Wassu, local mayor of Jarawa town, confirmed a Turkish airstrike early on Sunday.
Meanwhile three people travelling in a truck were killed in a mine blast on Sunday in Hakkari province on Iraqi border, the state Anatolian news agency said.
The report said that the landmine, planted by PKk militants exploded when a truck passing by hit it in Semdinli town of Hakkari province. The three people who died in the blast were reported to be from the same family, said the report.