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Turkish jets hit Iraqi Kurd region

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  • Three planes bomb Kurdish rebel positions in mountainous area of northern Iraq
  • No casualties reported after one-hour bombardment
  • On Saturday, Turkish aircraft pounded border area for more than two hours
  • Kurds are in long-term fight for autonomy in Turkey
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(CNN) -- Turkish warplanes Sunday carried out a new round of attacks against Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq, Iraq's deputy minister of Kurdish regional government forces said.

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Iraqis survey the damage following Turkish airstrikes in Qandil on December 16. Turkey struck again Saturday.

Jabbar Yawar said three planes bombed positions in a mountainous area north of Irbil for about an hour.

There were no civilian casualties, since civilians had abandoned the area due to fear of Turkish attacks, Yawar said, adding that he did not know whether any Kurdish rebels were killed.

On Saturday, Turkish aircraft pounded the border area for more than two hours in hopes of routing PKK rebels, Yawar said.

Last week, Turkey's ambassador to the United States, Nabi Sensoy, said his country's maneuvers against Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq were based on intelligence provided by the United States.

The PKK has spent two decades fighting for autonomy for Kurds in southeastern Turkey, staging some attacks from northern Iraq. The United States and the European Union consider the group a terrorist organization. Video Watch how Kurds are returning to Kirkuk »

Elsewhere in Iraq, a roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi Army convoy killed at least two civilians and wounded four others in southeastern Baghdad's Zafaraniya district about 8 a.m. Sunday, according to an Interior Ministry official.

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A bomb blast shattered windows of a home owned by the director of the Human Rights Ministry's provisional branch in Kut -- about 100 miles south of Baghdad -- injuring several residents early Sunday, the official said.

The director -- Abdul Ridha al-Badri -- was injured by the flying glass, along with his wife and four children, the official said E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.

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