Turkish fighter planes again bombed PKK guerilla positions in northern Iraq Aug. 16, in what a military statement in Ankara called a “successful operation.” The raid targeted a cave in the Avasin-Basyan region, which served as a base for a “large group” of PKK militants who were preparing for an attack across the border in Turkey, the statement said. Ankara claims there are more than 2,000 PKK fighters in northern Iraq. The Turkish government has a one-year parliamentary authorization for cross-border military action against the PKK, which expires in October. (Al-Arabiya, AFP, Aug. 17)
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