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article imageTurkey launches more air strikes against Kurdish rebels in Iraq

By Paul Iddon     Jun 24, 2012 in World
The Turkish military has stated it has launched more air strikes against Kurdish rebels in their hideouts in northern Iraq.
According to reports on this incident from BBC News and ITV these aircraft sorties were carried out by the military against nine areas where members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PPK) were believed to have been holed up.
This comes after a previous strike last Wednesday following clashes which killed eight Turkish soldiers and 27 PKK rebels.
Northern Iraq is believed to be home to thousands of such rebels, and acts as a sanctuary for the PKK in its insurgency campaign in southeast Turkey, where it is fighting a guerilla campaign for an ethnic independent homeland for the Kurds in south-east Turkey.
The U.S. and the European Union have declared them to be a terrorist organization.
The PKK however have stated their campaign these days is purely one of fighting for the autonomy, and cultural identity, of the many Kurds in Turkey who don't see themselves as Turkish nationals, but as a separate people culturally and in most cases nationally.
So far the aircraft sorties Turkey has launched against these Kurdish forces in northern Iraq doesn't seem to be having much of an effect on the PKK's resolve to keep up their campaign.
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