Turkish forces ‘neutralize’ 7 PKK terrorists in N. Iraq

By Ahmet Salih Alacaci

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish security forces on Tuesday neutralized seven PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the military said in a statement.

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

In a Twitter post, the military said the terrorists, who were preparing to attack Turkish bases, were neutralized via airstrikes in northern Iraq’s Gara and Avasin-Basyan regions.

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.