Turkey hits Kurd rebels, rounds up Erdogan rivals

Turkey launched its air campaign against the PKK in July, shattering a fragile 2013 truce with the Kurdish rebelsTurkey launched new air strikes on Kurdish rebels and rounded up rivals of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, an early hint of the hardline tactics his party intends to pursue after its surprise election win. The West has voiced deep concerns about the vote Sunday that returned Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) to power, amid escalating fears that its landslide victory will lead to increasingly authoritarian rule in the Muslim-majority state. The military said its warplanes bombed bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in southeastern Turkey and in their northern Iraq stronghold on Monday.

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