Turkish security forces manned checkpoints along the mountainous border with Iraq on Wednesday, keeping up their guard while Kurdish militants prepared to withdraw after 30 years of conflict that has killed 40,000 and ravaged the region.
Eighteen people were killed on Tuesday in fighting between Turkish soldiers and militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) at three military outposts in southeast Turkey, officials and security sources said.
Eight Turkish soldiers were
Turkish warplanes struck 60 Kurdish guerrilla targets in northern Iraq overnight, military headquarters said in a statement on Thursday, in apparent retaliation for a rebel attack on Turkish forces.
It said Turkish artillery hit 168
Turkey's military said on Sunday its fighter jets hit 12 Kurdish separatist targets in northern Iraq's Qandil region in an operation that started at midnight.
The army general staff said in a statement on its website that all the planes ha
More than 150 Kurdish rebels from the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been killed in Turkish bombing raids carried out in northern Iraq, the Turkish army said.
"According to initial estimates, this operation allowed us to ne
US President George W Bush said Turkish troops should withdraw from Northern Iraq "as quickly as possible."
"The Turks need to move, move quickly, achieve their objective and get out," he told a White House news conference.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said late on Monday that a military operation was still planned against Kurdish guerrillas based in northern Iraq, state news agency Anatolian reported on Tuesday.
Erdogan held crucial talks with US Pr
US President George W Bush, facing Turkish threats of a military strike against Kurdish rebels in Iraq, told Turkey's leader that he was committed to countering the militants and offered to share intelligence with Ankara.
Prime Minister Ta
Eight Turkish soldiers, kidnapped last month in an ambush by outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, were released in northern Iraq and flown to Turkey, officials said on Sunday.
The release of the soldiers came a day after the I
Helicopter gunships bombed Kurdish rebel positions in southeast Turkey and the government flexed its military muscle with big national day parades and flypasts in major cities.
Turkey has massed up to 100,000 troops, backed by tanks, artil