Turkey Orders 22 Battalions into Northern Iraq

The Turkish army said Thursday it had sent hundreds of troops into northern Iraq to attack Kurdish rebels in response to Wednesday’s ambushes that killed 24 soldiers.

“A large-scale land operation has began in five separate spots in northern Iraq with 22 battalions with air support,” the general staff said in a written statement on its website.

The 22 battalions are made up of commando units as well as police and special forces, it added. Analysts said they were the equivalent of 10,000 to 15,000 troops.

The deadly attacks on military posts in the mainly Kurdish southeast near the Iraqi border left 24 soldiers dead and 18 wounded.

They triggered round-the-clock bombing raids on rebel camps in northern Iraq by air force jets before the ground incursions.

Clashes between the PKK and the army have escalated since the summer.

Five police and four civilians were killed in a landmine explosion in the southeast on Tuesday.

Source:  National Post

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