Turkish troops in Iraqi incursion

Hundreds of Turkish soldiers made an incursion into Iraqi territory in “hot pursuit” of Kurdish guerillas June 16, Turkish government officials said. After a battle in Uludere district of Turkey’s Sirnak province, the Turkish military said it sent three commando divisions and a special forces brigade two or three kilometers into Iraqi territory to chase down the rebels. Turkish warplanes also carried out a series of air-strikes against suspected rebel targets in Iraq. The Turkish military claimed to have killed four guerilla fighters in the battle, which also claimed the life of a Turkish solider. (CNN, June 17; AlJazeera, June 16)

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