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Turkish Forces Surround 100 Kurdish Rebels Near Iraqi Border

By VOA News
29 October 2007

Turkish state media say government troops have surrounded about 100 Kurdish rebels in a mountainous region near the border with Iraq.

The official Anatolia news agency said Monday Turkish forces trapped the rebels in the southeastern province of Hakkari by blocking their escape routes to bases in northern Iraq.

Turkey's foreign minister has said all options remain open in the fight against Kurdish rebels and terrorists based in northern Iraq.

In another development, officials say a Turkish soldier was killed today by a rebel landmine in the eastern province of Tunceli, far north of the Iraqi border.

Turkey's military also says its forces killed 15 rebels from the Kurdistan Workers' Party during fighting in Tunceli Sunday.

The European Union and the United States are pressing Ankara to refrain from invading northern Iraq.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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