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Turkish army says 10,000 troops pursuing Kurdish rebels

By Sebnem Arsu
New York Times / October 21, 2011

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Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish militants this week is one of its largest military operation in years, with 10,000 troops backed by warplanes pursuing rebels in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq, the Turkish army said yesterday. The offensive began only hours after the Kurdish Worker’s Party, or PKK, mounted deadly attacks against the Turkish military, killing 24 soldiers and wounding 18 early Wednesday in Hakkari province.

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