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Turkey neutralizes 4 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

Anadolu Agency MIDDLE EAST
Published September 15,2021

Four PKK terrorists were neutralized by Turkish forces in northern Iraq, across the border, Turkey's National Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

The terrorists were neutralized by fire support vehicles and ATAK helicopters in the Operation Pençe-Şimşek region, the ministry said in a statement.

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

The Pençe operations are a series of offensives Turkey has been carrying out since 2019 against terrorist groups in northern Iraq, particularly the PKK.

The latest ones are the Pençe-Şimşek and Pençe-Yıldırım operations launched this April in the Metina and Avasin-Basyan regions near Turkey's borders.

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