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The unseen war: Turkey bombs Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq

With all that has been happening in Libya, Syria, Israel, Gaza and beyond these past few days, very little international attention has been focused on a renewal of the conflict between Turkey and PKK Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, which flared up on August 17 when the PKK attacked Turkish forces in the border region.

Very few pictures have emerged of the subsequent bombing raids carried out by Turkish warplanes inside Iraqi territory, but these are some of the related images that have moved on the wires in recent days.


Women mourn after shelling by Turkish warplanes that killed seven people in the northern town of Rania in Sulaimaniya province, Iraq, on August 22. The president of Iraq's Kurdish region on Monday condemned shelling by Turkish warplanes that killed seven Iraqis.


A collapsed building is seen in Dahuk province, northern Iraq on August 20 after Turkish warplanes backed by heavy artillery struck Kurdish guerrilla targets.

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Turkish plain-clothes policemen hold a pro-Kurdish demonstrator during a protest against Turkish air strikes over northern Iraq, in Istanbul, Turkey, on August 21.

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A funeral procession follows the coffin of major Yavuz Basayar during a ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, on August 19. Kurdish rebels killed eight Turkish soldiers, including Basayar, and a village guard on August 17 in an ambush in the southeast of the country.


The AP reports from ANKARA, Turkey:

Turkey's military said Tuesday air strikes on suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq this week have killed an estimated 90 to 100 guerrillas and warned that it would press ahead with offensives against the group both inside Turkey and across the border.

The military said in a statement posted on its website that than 80 separatist rebels were injured in six days of cross-border air raids that began on Wednesday, hours after eight soldiers and a government-paid village guard were killed in an ambush by the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, near the border with Iraq. Continue reading.