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Turkey neutralizes 2 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

Airstrikes also destroyed weapon emplacements, shelters used by PKK terrorists in Zap region

Busra Nur Bilgic Cakmak   | 18.09.2019
Turkey neutralizes 2 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

ANKARA

Turkish jets neutralized two PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the country's Ministry of National Defense announced on Wednesday. 

The terrorists were neutralized in the Zap region in coordination with the ongoing Operation Claw, the ministry said on Twitter.

Authorities often use the word "neutralized" in statements to imply terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

The airstrikes also destroyed weapons emplacements and shelters used by the PKK, it added.

On May 27, Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq.

In mid-July and late August, Turkey also launched Operation Claw-2 and Operation Claw-3 in northern Iraq with the same purpose.

The ongoing offensives have 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 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

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