ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Turkey launched its first air strikes of 2009 this week aimed at PKK bases in northern Iraq, military officials said Friday.
Brig. Gen. Metin Gurak said at a press briefing the raids were carried out Wednesday and Thursday, Hurriyet reported. They struck the Hakurk area.
The PKK, the Turkish acronym for the Kurdistan Workers Party, uses strongholds in Iraq to carry out military operations in Turkey, officials say. Turkey also carried out a ground operation in 2008 that crossed the border.
Gurak also told reporters the Turkish government welcomes the U.S. decision to classify PEJAK, an Iranian Kurdish group, as a terrorist organization.