Turkish jets 'neutralize' 3 PKK terrorists in N. Iraq

Tue 30 Jul 2019 08:14 GMT | 12:14 Local Time

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Turkish fighter jets neutralized three PKK terrorists during a counter-terrorism operation in northern Iraq, Turkey's National Defense Ministry said on Thursday, Anadolu Agency reported.

Airstrikes were carried out in the Avasin region in coordination with Turkey's ongoing military offensive Operation Claw, the ministry said on Twitter.

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

The airstrikes also destroyed weapon deployments and shelters used by PKK terrorists, the ministry added.

On May 27, Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq. The ongoing offensive has neutralized dozens of terrorists so far.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

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