October 30, 2007

Turkish helicopters blasted suspected Kurdish rebels

Turkish Cobra attack helicopters blasted suspected Kurdish rebel targets near the southeastern border with Iraq in a second day of fighting in the area. The prime minister said an escalation of military action was unavoidable. Three soldiers and six rebels have been killed in fighting, according to local news reports. As the military pressure continued, the government called a Cabinet meeting to discuss possible economic measures against groups supporting the Kurdish rebels.

Turkey is reportedly considering a string of economic actions against the self-governing Kurdish administration in Iraq's north, where rebels are based. The region is heavily reliant on Turkish electricity and food imports, as well as Turkish investment in construction.

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