Turkish security forces on Saturday “neutralized” at least three PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, according to Turkey’s National Defense Ministry.
On Twitter, the ministry said the terrorists were neutralized by the Turkish Air Forces in the Metina region as part of the Pence-Simsek anti-terror operation.
Turkish authorities use the word “neutralized” in statements to imply terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
Turkey launched operations Pence-Simsek and Pence-Yildirim on April 23 in northern Iraq’s Metina and Avasin-Basyan regions near its borders.
The PKK terror group often hides out in northern Iraq, just across Turkey’s southern border, to plot terror attacks in Turkey.
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.