Ankara: Turkey`s military on Monday claimed that its air raids inside Iraq last week killed 25 Kurdish rebels in their hideouts.
The military, citing damage and casualty assessments as well as information from "sensitive sources," said on its website that 25 rebels were killed and 23 were wounded in an aerial attack on June 24 in the Mount Qandil area, where the main rebel base is located on the Iraqi-Iranian border. The report could not be independently verified.
The military said its warplanes last week bombed suspected rebel positions in the Mount Qandil area along with positions in the Zap region across the Turkish border.
The Turkish air campaign was launched after the rebels killed eight Turkish soldiers in Turkey last month. The military said it killed 31 rebels in ensuing clashes then.
Kurdish rebels have used northern Iraq as a springboard for attacks on Turkish targets in their decades-long fight for autonomy in Turkey`s Kurdish-dominated southeast. The conflict has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people since 1984.