Turkey 'neutralizes' 9 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq
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Turkey 'neutralizes' 9 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

Terrorists 'neutralized' in Turkey's cross-border anti-terror areas, says National Defense Ministry

News Service AA

Turkey has "neutralized" nine PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Monday.

Four terrorists were "neutralized" in Operation Claw-1 area, three in Claw-Lock and two in Claw-Tiger region, the ministry said on Twitter.

Turkey has launched successive operations against the PKK in northern Iraq since 2020, most recently starting Operation Claw-Lock in April to target PKK hideouts in Iraq's Metina region.

That was preceded by Operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle, which were launched in 2020 to root out terrorists hiding in northern Iraq and plotting cross-border attacks in Turkey.

Turkish authorities use the term "neutralize" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey the US, and European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

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