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Iraq Protests Turkish Air Raids On Kurdish Areas

October 15, 1991

UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ Iraq on Monday protested to the United Nations against Turkish air raids on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.

Turkey’s government said Sunday that Turkish bombers staged 16 sorties four miles deep into Iraq, striking at Turkish Kurd guerrillas who had crossed the border seeking sanctuary.

Hundreds of people were killed or wounded last week around Suleimaniya in northern Iraq. The clashes between Kurdish guerrillas and Iraq troops have been the most serious since Saddam Hussein crushed the Kurdish uprising last spring.

Iraqi Ambassador Abdul Amir al-Anbari delivered a letter of protest against the air raids on Monday to the office of Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar.

Turkey rejected the protest, stressing it would not tolerate any attacks coming from Turkish Kurdish guerrillas. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ferhat Ataman said in a statement in Ankara that Turkey was determined to wipe out Turkish Kurdish guerrilla camps in northern Iraq.

The guerrillas of the outlawed Kurdish Labor Party, or PKK, have been fighting since 1984 to set up a separate Kurdish state in southeastern Turkey. The rebels often infiltrate into Turkey from bases in northern Iraq.

The raids mark the second time in two months that Turkey has crossed into Iraq to smash bases of PKK camps.

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