Turkey's military said Friday that its air strikes in northern Iraq last week killed 25 Kurdish rebels and wounded many more. According to the AP, military spokesman Brig. Gen. Metin Gurak cited intelligence reports for the casualty figures from the Oct. 17 attacks on Qandil Mountain.
Turkish military units on the Iranian border and in the province of Hakkari, bordering both Iran and Iraq, have repelled two major attacks this week, Gurak said. He also urged calm after a week of violent protests across the country sparked by allegations that Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan was mistreated in prison. The government has strongly denied these allegations.
Police clashed with Kurdish protesters who torched dozens of vehicles and shops, mostly in Istanbul and the Kurdish-dominated southeast.