46 PKK rebels killed in southeast Turkey over past one month

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Turkish military killed a total of 46 rebels of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) during operations over the past one month in southeast Turkey, military sources said Wednesday.

The number of the PKK members killed in operations in last six months reached 187, the military sources were quoted as saying by the semi-official Anatolia news agency.

The PKK has suffered heavy losses in recent months as Turkish military started using Cobra helicopters and Heron unmanned aerial vehicles after rising casual PKK attacks followed by a recent order from Mounth Qandil in the north of Iraq where PKK heads are located to escalate attacks.

The Turkish armed forces said the PKK might intensify attacks over the summer when more PKK guerrillas arrive in Turkey from the mountainous areas in northern Iraq during warmer weather.

Turkey has long been fighting the PKK, which is active in eastern Turkey and northern Iraq, and frequently bomb PKK targets in the mountainous area inside Iraq's Kurdistan region.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist group by the Turkish government, the U.S. and the European Union, took up arms in 1984 to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey.

Source: Xinhua


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