Turkish jets keep up bombing of rebel bases in Iraq


Turkish jets kept up bombing raids on Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq overnight, as Turkey sought support from its neighbours in its fight against the rebels on Friday.
Turkish warplanes continued to take off from Diyarbakir, the regional capital of the mainly Kurdish southeast, after the army’s biggest losses at the hands of Kurdish rebels since 1993, local security forces said. The Turkish army said Friday that the air and ground strikes against the rebels are “mainly” in Turkey, with a “few” in Iraq. “While the majority of the land and air operations are in (Turkey), mainly in the Cukurca region, ground and air strikes are ongoing in a few points in northern Iraq across the border,” the army said in a statement posted on its website. Cukurca, in southeastern Turkey’s Hakkari province, is on the border with Iraq.