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Turkish army ‘neutralizes’ 6 PKK terrorists in N.Iraq

Turkish airstrikes ‘neutralize’ 6 terrorists in northern Iraq in coordination with Operation Claw, says Defense Ministry

Büşra Nur Bilgiç   | 19.07.2019
Turkish army ‘neutralizes’ 6 PKK terrorists in N.Iraq

ANKARA 

The Turkish army “neutralized” six PKK terrorists in northern Iraq in coordination with Operation Claw, Turkey's National Defense Ministry said on Friday.

Turkish security forces also destroyed weapon emplacements and shelters used by the PKK in northern Iraq's Metina and Gara areas, the ministry said on Twitter.

Turkish authorities often use the term “neutralized" in statements to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

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

On July 13, Turkey launched Operation Claw-2 as a follow-up on the successfully ongoing Claw-1, which revealed new information of terrorist activity, according to the ministry.

A total of 71 terrorists have been "neutralized" since the launch of Operation Claw, the ministry announced on Monday.

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 some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

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