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Turkish jets bomb Kurdish rebel bases in north Iraq

ISTANBUL — Turkish jets have bombed Kurdish rebel hideouts in northern Iraq, home to members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the army said on Sunday. “Two groups of targets belonging to the separatist terrorists in the regions of Zap and Kahurk were hit with efficiency in the evening…

US shifts drones from Iraq to Turkey: Pentagon

The United States has deployed Predator drones to Turkey from Iraq for surveillance flights in support of Ankara’s fight against Kurdish rebels, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. With US forces withdrawing from Iraq by the end of the year, the four American unmanned aircraft will be shifted from an air field innorthern Iraq to the Incirlik air base in Turkey, Captain…

Turkish commandos shoot dead lone ferry hijacker

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish commandos killed a lone hijacker, identified as a Kurdish militant armed with a bomb, in a pre-dawn operation on Saturday to rescue more than 20 passengers and crew held hostage for 12 hours on a high-speed ferry near Istanbul. Hostages aboard the “Kartepe” ferry later described…

Kurdish rebels hijack Turkish ferry near where leader imprisoned

ISTANBUL — Kurdish rebels hijacked a ferry with 24 people aboard Friday in the sea of Marmara, where their leader Abdullah Ocalan is imprisoned on an island, Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said. Four or five hijackers claiming to be Kurdish rebels seized the ferry off northwestern Turkey late Friday,…

Turkey keeps up bombing of rebel bases in Iraq

Turkish jets kept up bombing raids on Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq overnight, as the rebels confirmed that some Turkish troops crossed into Iraq, officials and media reports said on Friday. Turkish war planes continued to take off from Diyarbakir, the regional capital of the mainly Kurdish southeast, to…

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