April 12, 2006 -- Twelve Kurdish fighters and two Turkish troops have been killed in a clash in the mountainous Besta-Dereler area of Turkey's southeastern Sirnak province, near the Iraqi border.
Turkish security officials say Kurdish fighters entered Turkey from bases in northern Iraq.
Turkish media reports say troops are still hunting Kurdish guerrillas in the area.
(AFP, AP, Reuters)
Iraq's Kurdish Region
KURDISH AWAKENING: The ethnic Kurdish region in the northern part of Iraq has struggled in recent years to reestablish its cultural and political identity after decades of oppression under the regime of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. In December, RFE/RL correspondent Charles Recknagel traveled to this area and filed several reports: