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40 Rebels Reported Killed Inside Iraq

July 11, 1999|From Times Wire Reports

Thousands of Turkish troops backed by helicopter gunships killed 40 Kurdish rebels during a weeklong offensive in northern Iraq, according to a Turkish news report. Private NTV television said the troops withdrew early Saturday but gave few other details. Turkey frequently crosses into neighboring Iraq, where rebels belonging to the Kurdistan Workers Party maintain bases. Meanwhile, the rebels claimed to have killed 18 Turkish soldiers in an attack in southeastern Turkey.

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