Turkey ‘neutralizes’ 2 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

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12:20 - 18/08/2019 Pazar
Update: 12:21 - 18/08/2019 Pazar
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Turkish fighter jets “neutralized” two more PKK terrorists during a counter-terrorism operation carried out in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry said on Sunday in a statement.

The terrorists were “neutralized" in the Metina region as part of the airstrikes carried out in coordination with Operation Claw, the ministry said on Twitter.

On May 27, Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq. A total of 80 terrorists have been "neutralized" so far since the launch of counter-terrorism offensive.

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

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

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 and children.

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