Kurdish officials deny Turkish incursion into Iraq

Kurdish officials insisted on Sunday that there had been no Turkish military incursion into northern Iraq, describing Ankara's claims that significant losses had been inflicted on PKK militants as baseless.

Kurdish officials deny Turkish incursion into Iraq
The Turkish military said on Saturday it had launched an "intensive intervention" to hit the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Iraq's mountainous north.

A Turkish military official said about 100 special forces troops had crossed into Iraq and that long-range artillery and helicopters had bombed a PKK camp after spotting a group of 50-60 militants inside the border.

However, Jabbar Yawar, a spokesman for Kurdistan's Peshmerga security forces, said there had been no incursion or shelling by Turkish forces into northern Iraq and no casualties in the area.

US military spokesman Major Winfield Danielson said in Baghdad that US forces in Iraq were still checking but had so far not received any reports of an incursion by Turkey.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Aralık 2007, 14:12
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