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Published:December 27th, 2007 04:20 EST
Turkey conducts its third raid into northern Iraq

Turkey conducts its third raid into northern Iraq

By SOP newswire

Turkish fighter jets targeted the hideouts of outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq yesterday, the third operation in the space of 10 days. The rising tension over terrorism is also reflected in a decision taken by the Istanbul Municipality, which canceled the New Year's festivities planned in Taksim Square.

In a statement released yesterday morning, the Office of the Chief of General Staff said, “fighter jets belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces successfully hit targets belonging to the terrorist organization in the early hours of Dec. 26,” adding that eight PKK hideouts in the Zap valley in northern Iraq were targeted.

Jabbar Yawar, spokesman for the peshmerge security forces of the semi-autonomous Kurdish administration in northern Iraq, said the strike in the mountainous border region of Dahuk province lasted approximately one hour but inflicted no casualties.

“Things are going well,” President Abdullah Gül said, referring to the cross-border strikes, and noted that both Turkey and the United States were happy with the results of the intelligence sharing deal on the PKK.

The escalating tension caused by terrorist acts over recent months has led Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaº to cancel the traditional New Year's celebrations in Taksim Square. The mayor said the decision was taken in respect to the fallen soldiers and those who were still fighting in the eastern part of the country.

His press advisor dismissed claims that the decision was taken due to the explosion in the city's Küçükçekmece district yesterday and the bombing attempt in the Mecidiyeköy area Monday.