Turkey's state-run news agency says Kurdish rebels have attacked a military post near the border with Iraq, setting off clashes that killed three soldiers and nine rebels. The news agency says clashes erupted late Monday when the rebels fired at the military post in Hakkari province with long-range weapons. The report says a military operation is under way to catch rebels who escaped the area. The rebels have escalated attacks recently, saying the government has ignored their call for a dialogue. They frequently stage hit-and -run attacks from bases in northern Iraq.