UPDATES WITH STATEMENT BY TURKISH GENERAL STAFF
By Kemal Karadag
ANKARA (AA) – Turkish airstrikes “neutralized” nine terrorists in the country’s southeastern Sirnak and Siirt provinces and northern Iraq’s Qandil region, the military said on Thursday.
Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
Turkish General Staff did not specify the terror groups involved but Turkey is embroiled in a long-running struggle against PKK terror group in the area.
According to the statement, the operations were conducted between July 17-19 in Uludere district of Sirnak, Eruh district of Siirt and hilly Qandil region of northern Iraq.
The PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015.
Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of more than 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians, including a number of women and children.