October 24, 2007 / 7:21 PM / 12 years ago

Turkish planes bomb Iraqi Kurdish village: source

Turkish soldiers take part in a military exercise near the southeast Turkish town of Cizre, some 50 km (30 miles) from Turkey's Habur border gate to Iraq, October 24, 2007. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

DAHUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes attacked a village in the mountainous north of Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Wednesday, causing material damage but no casualties, an Iraqi Kurdish security official told Reuters.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a village near Shiranish Islam, 25 km (15 miles) northeast of the northern town of Dahuk, had been heavily bombed at midday. He gave no details of damage.

Turkish security sources said earlier on Wednesday that Turkish warplanes had flown a series of sorties 20 km (12 miles) into Iraq between Sunday and Tuesday evening, while some 300 troops had advanced about 10 km (6 miles).

A Turkish military official said further “hot pursuit raids” could be expected.

Turkey’s government is under pressure at home to strike at separatist guerrillas hiding in the northern Iraqi mountains who have stepped up attacks on Turkish soldiers this year.

Turkey has deployed as many as 100,000 troops on the Iraqi border and warned it will launch a major incursion into northern Iraq against the PKK unless U.S. and Iraqi forces clamp down on the group.

Baghdad and Washington have urged Turkey to refrain from military action, saying this could destabilize the wider region. The Iraqi government has declared the PKK a terrorist group and told it to leave Iraq.

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