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Gunfight on Iraq's border with Turkey

A Turkish soldier has reportedly been wounded after PKK guerillas opened fire with mortar and heavy machine guns from Northern Iraq on a military control point in Turkey.

  • Agencies
  • Published: 13:34 October 13, 2007
  • Gulf News

Istanbul: A Turkish soldier has reportedly been wounded after PKK guerillas opened fire with mortar and heavy machine guns from Northern Iraq on a military control point in Turkey.

Turkish soldiers responded from the village in Sirnak province, on the Iraqi border with Turkey, reports said on Saturday.

Military sources did not confirm the news of a soldier having been wounded in the attack.

The Turkish government deployed approximately 60,000 of its troops along the country's border with Iraq on Friday.

Although tensions have intensified between Ankara and Washington over the recent approval by the US Congress of a resolution calling the 1915 killing of Armenians genocide, Turkish borders are still under Pentagon's supervision.

On Friday, the Turkish Prime Minister, Rajab Tayyip Erdogan, announced his country's readiness to face up to international criticism if it launched an attack on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.

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