Large numbers of Turkish fighter jets have bombed suspected Kurdish rebel
bases in northern Iraq, reports say.
Turkish officials said the warplanes had targeted the Kurdistan Workers'
Party (PKK), in areas near the border.
But officials in northern Iraq said the planes had struck several villages.
There were reports that one woman was killed, although this was unconfirmed.
Turkey's deputy prime minister said more strikes against "terrorists" were
possible in the coming weeks.
"We, as the government, are resolute to remove this trouble from the agenda
of our country," Cemil Cicek told the state-run Anatolia news agency.
Mr Cicek also called on Kurdish militants to lay down their arms and return
to their homes, insisting their fight was futile.
Turkey has regularly targeted the PKK inside Iraq in recent months, but this
is thought to be the first fighter jet raid outside its own territory.
Previous strikes had used artillery or helicopters. . . .
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[The United States on Sunday opened its first ever consulate in Iraq's
semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, a symbol of the normalization of
U.S.-Iraqi relations as U.S. military forces withdraw, as well as a
recognition of the dynamic growth of the Kurdish economy.
At the second such event in less than a week, following dedication of a
similar mission in Basra, the southern oil hub, U.S. Ambassador James
Jeffrey said America's "fondest wish" is that a "strong and vibrant
Kurdistan region" within a democratic and federal Iraq "arise from the
tragic history of this region."--Roy Gutman, "U.S. opens Kurdistan consulate as Marriott announces
hotel," mcclatchydc.com, July 10, 2011]