Turkish forces 'neutralized' wanted PKK terrorist

By Ozcan Yildirim

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish Armed Forces on Monday said wanted PKK terrorist Raife Elmas, codenamed Dicle Zafer, was among the terrorists "neutralized" during an operation in eastern Bingol province on Aug. 15.

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

In a statement, the army said Elmas, marked blue in the Interior Ministry list, was neutralized during an airstrike in Bingol.

The Interior Ministry's wanted list is divided into five color-coded categories, with red as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and gray.

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 nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.