Attacks around the Turkey and Iraq Border
Turkish troops shelled villages in northern Iraq affecting six villages CNN reported an Iraqi Kurdish official saying on Sunday. Orchards and farmlands were destroyed, but no casualties were reported the official said.
The Turkey military said they were retaliating an attack on Friday from the Kurdish separatist guerrillas that attacked the village of Yemisli on the border.
30,000 people may be displaced from the border conflict, the intelligence official said.
Turkey is threatening to form a cross-border attack targeting the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) which have been fighting Turkish troops. The United States and the European Union have called the PKK a terrorist organization CNN said.
Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Askari stated that Iraq's position is to resolve all issues with neighboring countries diplomatically.
The Christian Science Monitor reported on the rising tensions between Iraq's Kurdish regions and Turkey and said that 12 Turkish soldiers were killed by Kurdish guerillas on Sunday.
Turkey is frustrated by the failure of Iraqi and US forces to control the rebel group.
Ankara estimated that 3,000 guerillas are fighting for autonomy in southeastern Turkey and Turkey has deployed around 100,000 troops along the border, according to Reuters reports.