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Turkish military says 22 Kurdish rebels killed in recent clashes | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkey’s military says 22 Kurdish rebels have been killed in recent clashes in southeastern Turkey.

The military says the clashes occurred in the rugged Sirnak province.

A statement on the military’s Web site says aircraft and artillery units shelled rebel positions in the area between Friday and Monday, killing 22 rebels.

It says the military units also destroyed rebel shelters in the region. The military says all units have returned to their units but does not cite any military casualty.

The rebels have been fighting for more than two decades for autonomy in southeastern Turkey. They use strongholds in northern Iraq for cross-border raids.