April 20, 1995 |
Prime Minister Tansu Ciller of Turkey assured President Clinton on Wednesday that Turkish troops will soon end their hunt for Kurds in northern Iraq, but she offered no specific timetable, U.S. officials said. Briefing reporters after the two leaders' 45-minute White House meeting, Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke said "military security" precluded any discussion of an exact time for withdrawal of the Turkish expedition.
March 21, 1995 |
As many as 35,000 Turkish troops backed by tanks and jet fighters launched a three-pronged attack across the undefended border with northern Iraq in pursuit of separatist Kurdish rebels. A government spokesman called it the biggest military operation in the history of the Turkish republic. Turkish jets flew 33 sorties, pounding suspected bases of the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, east of the Iraqi border city of Zakhu.
March 28, 1995 |
Turkish troops who poured into Iraq eight days ago, hoping to crush Kurdish rebel bases in their biggest military mission of modern times, say many guerrillas have given them the slip and headed for the hills. Turkey poured 35,000 soldiers into northern Iraq on March 20 in a land-and-air operation that targeted an estimated 2,500 rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighting for a homeland in southeast Turkey.
August 23, 1994 |
The military said Monday that it carried out two cross-border air attacks last week on separatist Kurds in northern Iraq, killing 92 guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers Party. The attacks were the sixth and seventh air raids on northern Iraq within a month, the military said.
March 26, 1995 |
Turkish troops pursuing rebel Kurds fought fierce battles around northern Iraq's Metina Mountain, and warplanes reportedly hit three villages at its base. Fewer than 500 Iraqi Kurds lived in the villages, and most of them had fled by Thursday. About 35,000 troops backed by tanks and warplanes are taking part in a major Turkish operation to flush out guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers Party, which has sought autonomy for Kurds in southeastern Turkey since 1984.
June 7, 1997 |
The military acknowledged Friday that Kurdish rebels downed two helicopters in northern Iraq with missiles, killing 13 soldiers. The crashes had been blamed on mechanical failures. Gen. Erol Ozkasnak, secretary-general of Turkey's joint chiefs of staff, said the rebels used Russian-made SA-7 shoulder-fired missiles from the former Soviet republic of Armenia. One helicopter was downed this week, the other last month.