Turkish jets raid northern Iraq, clashes kill 20

Turkish warplanes launched air raids at suspected Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq Saturday.

Updated: Jun 19, 2010, 19:18 PM IST

Ankara: Turkish warplanes launched air raids
at suspected Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq Saturday
after a rebel attack on a military outpost in Turkey touched
off clashes in which eight soldiers and 12 rebel fighters
died, Turkey`s military said.

Special Forces were also immediately sent to reinforce
the border area where the clashes occurred and Turkish
warplanes bombed detected Kurdish rebel positions in northern
Iraq the military said, without providing any further details.

Fourteen other soldiers were wounded in the fighting, it
said.

Kurdish rebels have dramatically stepped up attacks in
Turkey in recent months, threatening a government attempt to
end one of the world`s longest guerrilla wars. The military
said yesterday more than 40 soldiers had been killed since
March, including six who died in a rocket attack on a vehicle
near a naval base in southern Turkey, and warned it
anticipated more attacks.

Turkey`s military has responded by sending warplanes
across the border for raids on suspected rebel bases while
elite commandos crossed the border in pursuit of the rebels in
a day-long incursion earlier this week.

PTI