Turkish warplanes bomb northern Iraqi village
Iran Press TV
Thu Feb 4, 2016 2:11PM
Turkish fighter jets have bombarded a village in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, as Ankara continues with its operation against militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
According to a report by Iraq's al-Sumaria satellite TV network, the warplanes targeted the village in the northern province of Dohuk on Thursday.
There has been no immediate report of casualties in the aftermath of the aerial attacks.
Witnesses, however, said the airstrikes inflicted heavy damage on the village while many of its residents reportedly left their homes fearing fresh attacks on the area.
In mid January, the Turkish military said its jets carried out airstrikes against the PKK militants, destroying their compounds in northern Iraq.
Turkey's aerial campaign inside the Iraqi territory has repeatedly drawn fire from Baghdad, which has denounced Ankara for violating the country's sovereignty.
The Iraqi government is also urging Turkey to pull out troops from a base in the Arab country's north.
Turkish forces have killed hundreds of the PKK militants since mid-December, said the military.
Ankara launched airstrikes against PKK positions in Iraq and Turkey as well as purported Daesh targets in Syria after a deadly July 20, 2015 bomb attack attributed to Daesh terrorists left over 30 people dead in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc, across the border from the northern Kurdish Syrian town of Kobani.
A shaky ceasefire between Ankara and the PKK that had stood since 2013 was declared null and void by the militants following the Turkish airstrikes against the group.
The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey since the 1984. The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead.
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