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Turkey mourns the loss of 24 soldiers killed in recent Kurdish conflict

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The Turkish honour guard carry the flag-draped coffin of Turkish soldier Yunus Yilmaz during a funeral ceremony at Kocatepe mosque in Ankara, Oct. 20. Turkish commandos have launched air-backed ground operations against Kurdish militants in five different areas in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq after guerrillas attacked Turkish forces on Wednesday in which 24 Turkish soldiers were killed.

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Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, right, father of Turkish soldier Yunus Yilmaz, Hasan Yilmaz, second from right, and President Abdullah Gul, third from right, pray during the soldier's funeral ceremony at Kocatepe mosque in Ankara, Turkey, Oct. 20.

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Hasan Yilmaz, second from left, father of Turkish soldier Yunus Yilmaz, and other relatives watch the Turkish honour guard carry the portrait of Yilmaz during a funeral ceremony at Kocatepe mosque in Ankara Oct. 20. Turkey paid its last respects to 24 soldiers killed by Kurdish rebels on the Iraq border as the Turkish air force pounded rebel camps in northern Iraq.

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High school students, wearing headbands that read "Martyrs never die, the homeland cannot be separated," shout nationalist slogans during a protest against recent attacks on Turkish military, in Istanbul Oct. 20.

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