Published on Sep 8, 2015
Turkish special forces have crossed into neighboring Iraq, with a government official saying the short-term incursion was against Kurdistan Workers’ Party militants. The official said the incursion was part of an operation to prevent PKK militants from escaping. Clashes are escalating between Ankara and PKK militants. Turkish media say at least 17 policemen have been killed in separate attacks blamed on PKK. Fourteen died in a bomb attack on a minibus in Igdir province, and the others were killed in a rocket attack in Sirnak province. The attacks followed massive airstrikes by Ankara on PKK positions in northern Iraq, which left up to 40 people dead. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged not to abandon Turkey to “terrorists” after the attacks.