Five Turkish soldiers, 24 PKK killed in northern Iraq
( dpa )- The Turkish military on Friday night said five Turkish soldiers and 24 Kurdish rebels were killed in clashes during its land forces operation into northern Iraq.
In the first casualty figures given since the incursion began Thursday night, the General Staff said in a statement posted on its website that the troops also wounded a "large number" of Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) guerrillas.
The statement also claimed that at least 20 PKK rebels had been "rendered ineffective" by Turkish artillery and attack helicopter strikes. The statement did not say where the clashes took place.