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    Turkish Army Denies Civilian Casualties in Airstrikes Against Kurds

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    The General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces denied media reports that an airstrike conducted by the Turkish Air Force against the Kurdistan Workers Party’s (PKK) camps in northern Iraq claimed the lives of nine civilians and wounded 15 more.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — The General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces issued a statement on Sunday denying media reports of civilian deaths during anti-Kurdish militants airstrikes in northern Iraq.

    On Saturday, the Kurdish Firat News Agency reported that an airstrike conducted by the Turkish Air Force against the Kurdistan Workers Party’s (PKK) camps in northern Iraq claimed the lives of nine civilians and wounded 15 more.

    "Targets of the separatist terrorist organization [the PKK] in northern Iraq and Turkey were selected very carefully based on the intelligence data. We thoroughly studied the media reports and then concluded that the bombing had been carried out not on the village, but on a terrorist camp, where there were no civilian settlements," the statement reads.

    Ankara launched a two-front military campaign last week against Islamic State jihadists in Syria and the PKK in northern Iraq, in response to an unprecedented escalation of violence across southern Turkey.

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