UPDATES WITH MORE TERRORISTS NEUTRALIZED; REVISES HEADLINE, LEDE
By Burak Bir and Busra Nur Bilgic Cakmak
ANKARA (AA) - Turkish fighter jets "neutralized" six PKK terrorists amid airstrikes in northern Iraq, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
On Twitter, the ministry said the airstrikes neutralized three terrorists in the Haftanin region as part of Turkey’s ongoing anti-terror offensive Operation Claw-3.
Earlier, it said an air-backed operation neutralized other three terrorists in the Avasin region.
Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.
PKK terrorists often use northern Iraq to plan cross-border terrorist attacks in Turkey.
On May 27, Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq, followed by the operation's second and third phases in July and late August.
Over 400 PKK terrorists have been "neutralized" in northern Iraq over the past four months, according to the ministry.
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 over 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.