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Over a dozen soldiers dead in fighting with rebels

An attack by Kurdish separatist rebels in the mountainous border area of eastern Turkey killed 15 soldiers and wounded at least 20, the New York Times reported.

The attack happened Friday night on the Aktutun border post in Semdinli, a district that borders Iran and Iraq, according to the Turkish military.

Twenty-three Kurdish fighters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, also called the P.K.K., were killed as well in Friday's attack. The attack was the deadliest since October 2007, when Kurdish fighters killed 13 Turkish soldiers in a confrontation near the town of Daglica.

Turkey has been fueding with Kurdish separatists in its southeast since the 1980s. Kurdish rebels want an increase in autonomy for Turkey’s minority Kurdish population. The conflict seemed to have died down since its peak in the 1980s and 1990s.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spent more than two hours strategizing with the country’s top security officials on how to move forward and respond to the attack.

In a statement Turkey's president, Abdullah Gul, said the attack would “be investigated until the very end to find out how and with whose help? it was carried out.

Regional elections will be held in March, and Turkish authorities will be working hard to show the public that they are determined to punish the rebels for their attacks.