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Turkey’s air force hits IS in Syria and the PKK in Iraq

Turkish forces have carried out fresh strikes on IS in Syria and also the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Iraq on Saturday. 

This follows a week or border clashes with the group and also a bomb in the town of Suruc exploded, killing 32 people. The bombing triggered a wave of violence in the mainly Kurdish south east of the country, where the PKK killed at least two police officers, claiming it is retaliation for the suicide bombing.

The strikes against the PKK are the first since a truce in 2013. The PKK,  which are outlawed are deemed a terrorist organisation by Ankara and Washington, has waged a three-decade insurgency against Turkey for greater Kurdish autonomy.

By Fiona Carty

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