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Turkish Military Says Offensive into Northern Iraq is Over


The Turkish military says its troops have pulled out of northern Iraq, after an aggressive assault on Kurdish separatist rebels.

Turkey's military General Staff says troops returned to their bases in Turkey (Friday) after achieving their goals against the PKK rebels. The military says it killed 240 PKK rebels and lost 27 of its own soldiers in a week of fighting.

The PKK says it killed about 100 Turkish troops and lost five of its fighters. A White House spokesman (Gordon Johndroe) said (Friday) that the United States will continue to work with Turkey to deal with the PKK, which Washington calls a terrorist group. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani welcomed Turkey's withdrawal and said it shows Turkey kept its word to keep the operation limited and temporary.

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