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Turkish jets hit Kurdish, not ISIS, militant camps in Iraq, at least 55 killed

Turkish jets hit Kurdish, not ISIS, militant camps in Iraq, at least 55 killed

By David Dolan for Reuters

At least 55 militants were killed when Turkish warplanes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in northern Iraq overnight, security sources said on Saturday, as Ankara shows no sign of easing up strikes on insurgents ahead of a Nov. 1 election.

The jets took off from a base in Diyarbakir, in Turkey's southeast, and later returned without damage, the sources said.

Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast has been hit by almost daily waves of deadly fighting between PKK militants and security forces since the collapse of a ceasefire in July.

Security forces have responded by launching frequent bombing raids into mountainous northern Iraq where the PKK has camps. It is the worst violence NATO member Turkeyhas seen in two decades, coinciding with fighting across the border in Syria involving government troops and Islamic State militants.

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