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Turkey neutralizes 3 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

Terrorists neutralized by ATAK helicopters in Operation Pence-Simsek zone, says National Defense Ministry

Seda Sevencan   | 20.09.2021
Turkey neutralizes 3 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

ISTANBUL 

Turkish forces neutralized three PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry said on Monday.

The terrorists were neutralized by ATAK helicopters in the Operation Pence-Simsek zone, the ministry said on Twitter.

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

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

The Pence operations are a series of offensives Turkey has carried out since 2019 against terrorist organizations in northern Iraq, particularly the PKK.

Operations Pence-Kaplan and Pence-Kartal were initiated in June last year, while Pence-Simsek and Pence-Yildirim were launched this April in Iraq’s Metina and Avasin-Basyan regions.

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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