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Kurdish forces claim to have killed nine Turkish invading soldiers as battle rages in Iraqi Kurdistan

KURDISH guerillas claimed on Sunday night to have killed nine Turkish soldiers in raids in the Avashin mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan as fierce fighting continues.

According to Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) sources, two military camps and a rocket launcher were destroyed in last Friday’s operation.

The attack came soon after Turkish warplanes had bombed PKK positions, causing a forest fire but no casualties. 

Helicopters also targeted a network of tunnels used by the Kurdish fighters, along with the villages of Keste and Hiror in the Kani Masi area.

Turkey launched its latest illegal invasion of Iraqi Kurdistan on April 23, driving thousands of Kurdish villagers from their homes and damaging acres of agricultural and forest land.

Ankara’s forces have allegedly carried out chemical attacks and shipped in thousands of jihadists from the battlefields of Syria and Libya to help with its operations.

Turkey was accused of war crimes after an air strike on the Makhmour refugee camp killed three residents last month.

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