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Turkish warplanes bomb Kurd rebel bases

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  • One base in northern Iraq, one in Turkey were bombed
  • No word on whether there are casualties
  • Turkey stepped up attacks on Kurdish rebels after deadly clashes October 4
  • Meanwhile, three killed in bombing outside Baghdad mosque
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(CNN) -- Turkish warplanes bombed two Kurdish rebel bases -- one in northern Iraq and one in Turkey -- on Friday, the Turkish military announced, according to CNN Turk.

The warplanes bombed a Kurdistan Workers' Party base in the Qandil mountain area in northern Iraq, the military said, according to CNN Turk.

They also bombed a party base about 2 miles (4 kilometers) inside Turkey from its border with Iraq, the military said.

It was not immediately clear whether there were casualties from the attacks.

The Turkish military said 35 rebels have been killed in fighting this week, CNN Turk reported.

An official with the Kurdish Regional Government confirmed the bombing in northern Iraq and said it occurred in the Sulaimaniya province.

The operation began about 1 p.m. Friday and ended about 90 minutes later, the official said.

No other details were provided.

Turkey's military has increased its assaults on suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party targets in response to clashes on October 4 that killed at least 15 Turkish troops in the Turkey-Iraq border region.

Iraqi Kurdish officials, though critical of the Kurdish rebel attacks out of northern Iraq, have denounced the Turkish bombing campaign.

However, on Tuesday, a Turkish delegation led by the country's deputy foreign minister met with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad.

The delegation, led by Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Murad Ocalik, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani -- a Kurd -- and the president of Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government, Massoud Barzani, according to government statements.

Speaking to Talabani, Ocalik said that the meeting with Barzani went well and that he intends to visit Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, the president's office said.

During Ocalik's meeting with al-Maliki, the Iraqi leader insisted the two countries strengthen their cooperation in dealing with Kurdish rebels who operate along the Turkey-Iraq border, according to a statement from al-Maliki's office.

Al-Maliki also came down on Kurdish terrorist activities launched from Iraqi soil against Turkey, the statement said.

Ocalik stressed to the Iraqi leader his country's desire to adopt "decisive procedures" to stem the threat posed by the Kurdistan Workers' Party but also noted Turkey's willingness to support the Iraqi government in all fields.

On Monday, Turkish warplanes and artillery units bombed suspected rebel positions in villages near Amadi in Iraq's Duhuk Province, a Kurdish Regional Government security official said.

The Turkish military says that is the same area where it hit senior Kurdistan Workers Party leaders in similar strikes Sunday. There have been no confirmed casualties from either raid.

The central Iraqi government has labeled the Kurdish group a terrorist organization, banning its activities and closing its offices in the country two years ago. The United States and the European Union also consider it a terrorist group.

Though the Iraqi government opposes it, the organization continues to operate in the Qandil mountains bordering Turkey and Iran in northern Iraq. The separatist faction has been fighting for self-rule in southeastern Turkey.

Meanwhile Friday, a roadside bomb exploded outside a Shiite mosque in northeast Baghdad's Shaab neighborhood, killing three worshippers and wounding seven others, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.

The bomb exploded as worshippers were leaving the mosque at the conclusion of noon prayers, the official said.

CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.

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