Posted by: Lister | December 30, 2007

Turkey Bombs Kurdistan

This isn’t being reported enough: Iraq’s Kurd villagers see no hope after air strikes.

Since Turkish warplanes turned her village home into a heap of rubble last week, mother of eight Aziya Rasheed says she has lost all hope for the future.

Air strikes on mountain villages around the town of Sankasar in northern Iraq on Dec. 16 destroyed much of Rasheed’s modest home as the family slept, injuring her 16-year-old daughter so severely that she had to have her leg amputated above the knee.

“We lost everything, even my daughter’s leg. Isn’t this terrorism from Turkey?” she said angrily.

“I have no hope of going back to my demolished home, all my livestock are dead and the future of my children is uncertain. How are they going to study here when I’m living in a small room like this?”

[…] Turkish forces say they killed more than 150 PKK fighters in the Dec. 16 air strike, their biggest yet.

The mayor of Sankasar, Abdullah Ibrahim, said there were no PKK fighters in the area and the strikes had forced 370 Iraqi Kurdish families to flee their homes in surrounding villages.

[…] Reuters was unable to verify whether PKK fighters were in the area or how much damage was caused to PKK targets.

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