On September 25 Turkish warplanes ripped through northern Iraq bombing 15 Kurdish camps near the Iranian and Syrian borders. More than 130 tanks and 16,000 Turkish soldiers accompanied the air raid, which Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Sermet Atacanli labeled "routine" and "limited." The Anatolian news agency reported the sites were inhabited by rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been fighting for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey. The Iraqi government and the Arab League condemned the attack and called for immediate troop withdrawal. Ankara has frequently violated the sovereign borders of Iraq since Washington, following its 1991 military assault on the people of Iraq, carved out an area no longer under Iraqi control called the "no-fly zone."
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