March 25, 1995 in Nation/World

Turkish Troops Surround Kurds

New York Times

Turkish army troops have surrounded several hundred Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq and plan to advance into those areas in the soon, senior army officers said Friday.

The encirclement of the guerrillas was carried out by special commando units, the officers said. The commando units blocked the escape routes of the 2,400 rebels in the mountainous areas, and Turkish planes and helicopters are pounding the guerrillas in the mountains of Metina and Hakurk.

The Turks, in an effort to avoid heavy fighting, are dropping leaflets urging the rebels to surrender.

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