Kurdish villagers fear for their lives

SENOBA - Kurdish villagers living in the mountains along the Turkish-Iraqi border fear their lives will be shattered if Ankara sends troops into northern Iraq to crush Kurdish PKK guerrillas hiding there.

SENOBA - Kurdish villagers living in the mountains along the Turkish-Iraqi border fear their lives will be shattered if Ankara sends troops into northern Iraq to crush Kurdish PKK guerrillas hiding there.

Soldiers swept the road in the village of Senoba yesterday for any bombs and mines laid by rebels, ahead of the arrival of yet another convoy of military vehicles and artillery heading towards the border.

The Turkish military has stepped up its presence in the area since Sunday when rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) killed at least 12 soldiers in clashes near the border.

Diplomats and politicians in Ankara, Washington and Baghdad are struggling to avert military escalation and the villagers believe they will be the biggest losers from any incursion - Reuters

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