Turkey has dramatically ramped up its cross-border campaign against Kurds in Iraq with an airstrike involving as many as 50 warplanes. The Turkish military says the assault was aimed at Kurdish rebels seeking refuge in Iraq and not “people living in northern Iraq or local groups not engaged in enemy activity.”
Turkish warplanes have bombed suspected Kurdish rebel bases deep inside northern Iraq—in what appears the first time fighter jets have been used.
They targeted the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in areas near the border, officials said. The Turkish media said up to 50 planes were used.
Iraqi officials say bombs hit 10 villages, killing one woman, while the PKK reported seven deaths.