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Turkish forces 'neutralize' 7 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

Terrorists targeted in Operation Claw-Lock zone, says Turkish National Defense Ministry

Jeyhun Aliyev  | 08.06.2022 - Update : 08.06.2022
Turkish forces 'neutralize' 7 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq


Turkish security forces “neutralized” seven PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

The terrorists were targeted in the Operation Claw-Lock zone, the ministry said on Twitter.

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

Türkiye launched Operation Claw-Lock in April to target PKK terror organization's hideouts in Iraq’s northern Metina, Zap, and Avasin-Basyan regions.

It 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 Türkiye.

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

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