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Turkey strikes back after ambush on military

Turkey strikes back after ambush on military
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Turkey’s armed forces have struck back at scores of Kurdish guerrilla targets in northern Iraq just hours after nine Turkish security personnel were killed in an ambush.

A military statement said artillery bombarded 168 targets before warplanes struck 60 objectives in overnight raids.

About 30 jets flew in two waves, seeking anti-aircraft positions, rebel shelters and command posts.

Turkey’s government immediately blamed the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, for Wednesday’s ambush in Cukurca on the border with Iraq.

There has been an upsurge in PKK attacks on the Turkish military recently. Thirteen troops were killed in July.

Turkey’s National Security Council, chaired by President Abdullah Gul, issued a written statement after a regular meeting on Thursday, saying it would adopt a “more effective and decisive fight in the fight against terrorism”, local media reported. It did not elaborate on what those measures would be.

More than 40,000 people have been killed since the PKK took up arms in 1984 for an independent Kurdish homeland.