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Turkish forces ‘kill 49 Kurdish rebels’

Turkish forces have killed at least 49 Kurdish militants in two days during clashes near the Iraqi border, the country’s military says, according to CNN. The militants are thought to have been killed in the Kazan Valley region of Turkey’s Hakkari province. There was no immediate confirmation from rebels. Turkey launched an offensive against Kurdish PKK rebels on Wednesday after 24 of its troops were killed near Iraq. It was the deadliest toll against the Turkish military since the 1990s. The latest violence occurred near the town of Cukurca.  More than 30 of the rebels were killed on Saturday, the Hurriyet newspaper’s website reported. Ankara has said 22 battalions, or about 10,000 soldiers, have been taking part in the operation against the rebels.

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