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Kurd Rebels Under Turkish Assault

May 15, 1997|From Times Wire Reports

Turkish soldiers, tanks and jets crossed into northern Iraq to root out Kurdish rebels from mountain hide-outs used to stage attacks on sites in southeastern Turkey. The troops began streaming into Iraq at the border town of Habur, Turkish TV stations reported. Jets bombed at least five rebel bases, according to the official Anatolia news agency. The government gave no casualty figures. The assault was the latest in a series of attacks targeting the autonomy-seeking Turkish Kurdish rebels. Iraq condemned the offensive, but there was little it could do: The area is kept out of Baghdad's reach by a U.S.-led allied air force.

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