(WASHINGTON) -- The White House Wednesday condemned the latest aggression by the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in which at least 24 Turkish soldiers were killed on their border with northern Iraq.
The U.S. and other nations consider the PKK a terrorist organization that has fought the Turkish government since 1984 for an autonomous Kurdistan and the rights of Kurds living in southeastern Turkey.
Tens of thousands of people have died during the 27-year-long conflict and this latest incident dashes any hopes of finding a peaceful settlement to Turkey's ongoing battle with the PKK.
According to reports, as many as 200 PKK fighters attacked a Turkish military outpost early Wednesday, leaving two dozen soldiers dead.
Turkey responded by sending fighter jets into northern Iraq to go after the militants. Kurds who govern the semiautonomous region have allowed Ankara to attack the terrorist group so long as the incursion is not too deep.
Wednesday's incident comes at a time when the U.S. is preparing to withdraw virtually all of its remaining forces from central and southern Iraq by the end of the year.
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