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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Turkish Combat

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey-- Turkish forces were engaged in heavy fighting with Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq overnight as Turkey's jets pounded rebel positions in the mountainous region, a military official said Wednesday.

The official said Turkish soldiers had been in heavy combat with Kurdistan Workers Party guerrillas in the Metina region since Tuesday night. He gave no casualty figures.

Turkey said Tuesday it had killed 538 rebels since some 15,000 troops backed by armored units and air power crossed into northern Iraq three weeks ago.