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Turkish jets ‘neutralize’ 3 terrorists in N. Iraq

Terrorists neutralized in Zap, Hakurk regions; 14 terror targets destroyed Mt. Qandil region, military says

Cansu Dikme   | 10.06.2018
Turkish jets ‘neutralize’ 3 terrorists in N. Iraq

Ankara

By Aylin Sirikli and Ozcan Yildirim

ANKARA

Turkish jets on Sunday "neutralized” three armed terrorists as part of counter-terror operations in northern Iraq, the military said.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said the fighter jets had conducted airstrikes targeting the terror group in Zap and Hakurk regions.

Turkish strikes in this region normally target PKK terrorists.

Also on Sunday, Turkish airstrikes destroyed 14 PKK terror targets in Mt. Qandil region, the military said in a separate statement.

Airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its decades-long armed campaign.

In recent days Turkish officials have suggested that the Mt. Qandil region in northern Iraq near the Iranian border -- where the terrorist group has its headquarters -- may be the target of a future operation.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey as well as the U.S. and the EU.

In its terror campaign against Turkey, which has lasted for more than three decades, over 40,000 people have been killed, including women and children.

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