Peshmerga say Turkish warplanes strike N. Iraq

10 Haziran 2008 - 11:28Son Güncelleme : 10 Haziran 2008 - 16:46

Turkish warplanes attacked northern Iraq on Monday, Iraqi security officials told Reuters, bombing a mountainous area that is home to outlawed PKK separatists. (UPDATED)

The warplanes struck an area near Nerwa Wa Rekan, a village in the northern province of Dahuk, Jabbar Yawar, spokesman for Peshmerga security forces in Iraq's Kurdish regional administration, told Reuters on Tuesday.  

There were no reports of any casualties, Reuters reported.

An Iraqi border guard said it was an artillery attack, not a bombing by airplanes, the report said.

Another Iraqi border guard, Hussein Tamir, told AP, Turkish warplanes struck on Monday five northern Iraq villages, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the joint border.

Turkey, provided with intelligence on PKK movements in Iraq by the U.S., has stepped up military action against the PKK since December, carrying out several air strikes and a week-long ground incursion into northern Iraq in February, where more than 2,000 PKK separatists take refuge.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist group by much of the international community including the U.S. and the EU.

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