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Turkey neutralizes 5 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

Terrorists neutralized in Metina region as part of Operation Pence-Simsek, says Turkish National Defense Ministry

Zehra Nur Düz   | 19.07.2021
Turkey neutralizes 5 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

ANKARA 

Turkish security forces “neutralized” at least five PKK terrorists in northern Iraq on Monday.

In a statement, the National Defense Ministry said the terrorists were “neutralized” by Turkish-made ATAK helicopters in the Metina region as part of the Operation Pence-Simsek.

Turkish forces continue to neutralize PKK terrorists in their lairs, it added.

Turkish authorities use the word “neutralize” to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Turkey launched the Pence-Simsek and Pence-Yildirim operations on April 23 in northern Iraq’s Metina and Avasin-Basyan regions near its borders.

The PKK terror group often hides out in northern Iraq, just across Turkey's southern border, to plot terror attacks in Turkey.

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

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