Turkey threatens revenge over killing of soldiers by Kurdish rebels

Turkey pushes into Iraq after Kurd militant raids kill 26 soldiers in overnight attacks near the border
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A group of protesting Turkish military veterans gather outside the Prime Minister’s residence in Ankara on October 19, 2011, hours after 26 Turkish soldiers were killed by Kurdish rebels in co-ordinated attacks on military outposts at the Iraqi border. The Turkish people want harsher government action to be taken against the Kurds, after one of the deadliest Kurdish attacks in in the 27-year battle against the separatists. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Turkish officials said about 100 fighters from the PKK, or the Kurdistan Workers Party, mounted simultaneous attacks under cover of darkness on seven remote army outposts in Hakkari province, on Turkey's rugged southeastern border with Iraq. (Text: Reuters. AFP/Getty Images)
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So far, the Turkish military have retaliated against the attack with air strikes and by sending in troops into neighboring Iraq where the rebels are based. The country has vowed to exact "great revenge". (AFP/Getty Images)
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Within hours of the attacks, in which 18 Turks were also wounded, some 500 Turkish commandos and other troops, some dropped by helicopter, were in "hot pursuit" up to 8 km (5 miles) across the Iraqi border and helicopter gunships and other aircraft were striking PKK bases on the Zab river, security sources in the regional centre of Diyarbakir said.\nAt least 15 Kurdish militants were killed, they added. (Text: Reuters, AFP/Getty Images)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses journalists during a press conference in Ankara on October 19, 2011, hours after the attack. Having called off a trip to huddle with senior ministers and generals, he reassured Turkish people that wide-ranging operations were under way. (AFP/Getty Images)
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He warned: "No one should forget this: those that inflict this pain on us will endure far greater pain; those that think they will weaken our state with these attacks or think they will bring our state into line, they will see that the revenge for these attacks will be very great and they will endure it many times over." (Text: Reuters, AFP/Getty Images)
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After three decades of conflict, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has dropped demands for a Kurdish state in favour of greater rights for Turkey's 15 million Kurds. Erdogan has dropped demands for a Kurdish state in favour of greater rights for Turkey's 15 million Kurds. Many Kurds, who have placed their hopes in talks with the government, have now grown weary of violence. (Text: Reuters, AFP/Getty Images)
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Turkey's last major move into Iraq was in 2008, when it sent in 10,000 troops backed by air power. Ankara's recent step up in attacks on the PKK have fuelled concern in Baghdad that Ankara is pushing its influence south, towards rich oil deposits around the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (L) and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu give a press conference following their talks in Ankara on October 13, 2011. Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan has condemned the raids as a criminal act, and said it is difficult for them to control the rugged area where PKK guerrillas have their camps. (Text: Reuters, AFP/Getty Images)