Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 29 / Trend R. Hafizoglu /
Turkish air force made missile and bomb strikes on the bases and fortification of militants of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, Turkish newspaper Zaman reported today.
According to the newspaper, the military operation in northern Iraq lasted about an hour. As a result, several camps of militants were neautralized.
Earlier, head of the Iraqi parliamentary security committee Iskander Witwit said that any Turkish military aircraft that penetrates into Iraq under the operation will be shot down.
A military operation, to be conducted by Turkey in northern Iraq against militants of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party is fully consistent with international law, a source in the Turkish government told Trend.
The period of the previous mandate expires on October 17. The new mandate is expected to be granted for one year. The mandate for cross-border operations covers the territory of northern Iraq.
The Turkish parliament for the first time allowed the army to strike at the PKK terrorist bases in the neighbouring country in 2007. The tension connected with frequent attacks of PKK militants has strengthened in Turkey.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK has lasted for over 25 years. The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by both the UN and the EU.