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Violent Demo's In Turkey Against Anti-PKK Offensive.
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In Turkey, police and pro-Kurdish demonstrators have clashed violently in street protests against the Turkish military offensive targeting PKK fighters in northern Iraq. In Van, protesters supporting the DTP party threw stones at riot police, who responded with water-cannon and baton charges. Five people were reported injured.

The unrest came as an offensive by Turkish armed forces against the outlawed PKK - or Kurdistan Workers Party - continued into a sixth day. A reported 10,000 soldiers are trying to dislodge PKK rebels from strongholds in the mountainous border region of northern Iraq. Turkey blames the PKK for 40,000 deaths since it began an armed struggle for a Kurdish homeland in southeastern Turkey in 1984.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a meeting of his party: "The terrorist organisation based in northern Iraq is an element of political instability for Iraq as well as a threat for our country and people."

As more Turkish dead were loaded onto transport planes for the trip home, Iraq condemned the incursion as a violation of its sovereignty.

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Added: Feb-26-2008 
By: barnesy
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Iraq, News, Middle East
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