Turkey neutralizes 10 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

Air-backed operation carried out in Metina, Haftanin regions, says National Defense Ministry

Merve Aydogan  | 31.12.2020 - Update : 01.01.2021
Turkey neutralizes 10 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq


Turkish security forces "neutralized" 10 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

The terrorists, identified through reconnaissance and surveillance in northern Iraq’s Metina and Haftanin regions, were neutralized by an air operation, the ministry said on Twitter.

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

"Our fight against terrorism continues unabated in the last hours of 2020, as it did throughout the year," said the ministry.

The ministry also shared footage of the air operation.

PKK terrorists often hide out in northern Iraq, across Turkey's border, to plan attacks in Turkey.

In its more than 30-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 over 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.

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