Turkish Military Fires Artillery At Suspected Hideouts Of Kurd Rebels In Northern Iraq

CUKURCA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish troops targeting Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq have fired artillery at dozens of suspected hideouts in the region.

Officials say troops are destroying rebel shelters, logistics centers and ammunition.

They say rebels have set booby traps under dead bodies and planted mines on escape routes.

Turkey began a ground operation into Iraq on Thursday to battle the rebels. It’s the first confirmed ground incursion since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Turkey’s military says there have been clashes with rebels in four parts of northern Iraq, but didn’t say exactly where.

There’s no word yet of any casualties in the latest fighting. Turkey says 15 troops and 112 rebels have been killed since the operation started.