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 Turkish warplanes bomb PKK rebel hideouts in Iraqi Kurdistan region 

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Turkish warplanes bomb PKK rebel hideouts in Iraqi Kurdistan region  26.4.2008




April 26, 2008

SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',-- Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish rebel hideouts in Kurdistan region in 'northern Iraq' on Friday in the latest in a series of cross-border raids,
www.ekurd.net the spokesman for the Turkey's rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party said.

The bombing targeted the district of Khwarkuk along the border with Turkey, PKK spokesman Ahmed Danis told AFP.

"The bombing started at around 8:00 pm (1700 GMT) and is still on," he said.

Turkish warplanes have targeted Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions in Kurdistan region in 'northern Iraq' since mid-December.

In February, thousands of Turkish troops,
backed by tanks, attack helicopters and warplanes, crossed into Kurdistan region in northern Iraq on February 21 in an operation which Ankara said was aimed at Turkey's Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas and their bases, where Ankara estimates more than 2,000 militants take refuge. 

Turkish warplanes bombed the bases of the Turkey's separatist Kurdish PKK rebels in Iraqi Kurdistan region

Turkish forces withdrew from semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in 'northern Iraq' on February 29, only a day after US President George W. Bush urged Ankara to quickly wrap up the incursion and Defense Secretary Robert Gates personally put pressure on Turkish leaders during a visit to Ankara.

The Turkish government has a one-year parliamentary authorisation, which expires in October, for raids across the border.

The United States has backed Turkish military action against the rebels by providing real-time intelligence on PKK movements.

Iraqi Kurdistan politician says, Turkey is using Turkey's Kurdish separatist PKK rebel group as an excuse to invade Kurdistan region 'Iraq' to prevent the establishment of Kurdistan state in the Kurdish autonomous region in 'northern Iraq',
Turkey fears this could fan separatism among its own large Kurdish population in southeast Turkey.

Turkey rejects direct talks with the official Iraqi Kurdistan government on the crisis over the Turkey's separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels. Officially, Turkey does not recognise the regional government of Kurdistan led by president Massoud Barzani.

Turkey has never, and still does not, recognize the Kurdistan region government (KRG) and refuses to meet with its representatives in any official capacity. That reflects Ankara's fear that any international respect shown to the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region would only embolden Turkey's own large Kurdish minority to seek similar home-rule status.

Over 39,000 Turkish soldiers and Kurdish PKK guerrillas have been killed since 1984 when the PKK took up arms for self-rule in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

The PKK demanded Turkey's recognition of the Kurds' identity in its constitution and of their language as a native language along with Turkish in the country's Kurdish areas,
the party also demanded an end to ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and constitution against Kurds, ranting them full political freedoms.

The PKK is considered a 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list.

Information for this report was provided by, AFP | Agencies

** Kurds are not recognized as an official minority in Turkey and are denied rights granted to other minority groups. Under EU pressure, Turkey recently granted Kurds limited rights for broadcasts and education in the Kurdish language, but critics say the measures do not go far enough.

The use of the term "Kurdistan" is vigorously rejected due to its alleged political implications by the Republic of Turkey, which does not recognize the existence of a "Turkish Kurdistan" Southeast Turkey.

Others estimate over 40 million Kurds live in Big Kurdistan (Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Armenia), which covers an area as big as France, about half of all Kurds which estimate to 20 million live in Turkey.

Turkey is home to 25 million ethnic Kurds, a large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK for a Kurdish homeland in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey.

Before August 2002, the Turkish government placed severe restrictions on the use of Kurdish language, prohibiting the language in education and broadcast media. The Kurdish alphabet is still not recognized in Turkey, and use of the Kurdish letters X, W, Q which do not exist in the Turkish alphabet has led to judicial persecution in 2000 and 2003

The Kurdish flag flown officially in Iraqi Kurdistan but unofficially flown by Kurds in Armenia. The flag is banned in Iran, Syria, and Turkey where flying it is a criminal offence" 

Southeastern Turkey: North Kurdistan ( Kurdistan-Turkey) wikipedia.    

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