Turkey Attacks Iraq Border

Tension is rising on the Turkey/Iraq border. Turkish authorities say that the rebels of the Kurdistan Worker's Party planted a landmine on the Turkish side of the border that killed six soldiers and wounded eight early Thursday. The Associated Press reports that within hours of the explosion, Turkish warplanes flew into the Iraqi border region of Avasin-Basyan and targeted what a military statement called a "crowded group" of rebels. The rebel group, located in southeastern Turkey, has been fighting for self-rule for the last 25 years in a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people, although today a Kurdish political party accused of ties with the rebels asked the two sides to lay down their arms.