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Iraq

Turkey Military Says 45 PKK Rebels Killed In Air Strikes

Turkey's military says at least 45 Kurdish rebels were killed in the air strikes it conducted in northern Iraq following a deadly car bombing in Ankara.

Turkish fighter jets pounded Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) positions on March 14, a day after a suicide bomb attack in the Turkish capital killed 37 people. 

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said authorities are "almost certain" that the attack was the work of Kurdish rebels. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing.

A military statement on March 15 said the air strikes in the Qandil mountain area where the PKK has its main bases also destroyed two weapons depots and two rocket positions.

The military's claim could not immediately be verified.

The attack in Ankara was the third to target the capital in five months in an area close to the prime minister's office, parliament, and foreign embassies as Turkey engages against Islamic State militants (IS) and PKK fighters in southeast Turkey. 

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
 

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