9 PKK terrorists ‘neutralized’ in N. Iraq, SE Turkey

By Muhammed Boztepe

ANKARA (AA) – At least 9 PKK terrorists were “neutralized” in airstrikes in southeastern Turkey and in northern Iraq, according to the Turkish army on Sunday.

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

In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said the operation was conducted in the rural area of Turkey’s southeastern province of Siirt as well as in the northern Iraqi regions of Zap and Avasin-Basyan.

The terrorists were plotting attacks on Turkish military bases, the statement added.

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 40,000 people, including women and children.