Turkish jets strike Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq
( dpa ) - Turkish warplanes and artillery launched fresh strikes Tuesday on Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq, according, Iraqi border officials and the Turkish general staff disclosed.
"Turkish jets bombed Tuesday morning the villages of Nihili, Narwa and Rikan, which are part of the Amadiya area on the border with Turkey, an official from Iraq's border guard in Duhuk told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the villages in Amadiya, 70 kilometres east of the northern Iraqi city of Duhuk, have been deserted since their population fled the area with the launch of Turkish military operations against rebels from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Reports on whether there were any casualties from the strikes were not immediately available.
Ankara launched an offensive against PKK rebels hiding in rugged mountain areas in Iraq's Kurdish Autonomous Region following a surge in attacks on its civilians and troops.
The first cross-border operation had been launched on December 16 to uproot the rebels, who seek independence for Turkey's Kurdish- dominated southeast.
In Istanbul, the Turkish general staff described the air attacks on suspected PKK positions in three different areas as being successful.