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By Sena Guler
ANKARA (AA) - Turkish fighter jets have “neutralized” eight more PKK terrorists during a counter-terrorism operation carried out in northern Iraq, according to Turkey’s National Defense Ministry.
The terrorists were "neutralized" in Metina region during the airstrikes conducted in coordination with the Operation Claw, the ministry said in a Twitter post.
Authorities often use the term “neutralized" in statements to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.
The airstrikes also destroyed weapon emplacements and shelters used by PKK terrorists, the ministry said.
A total of 174 terrorists have been "neutralized" in northern Iraq since May 27, it added.
On May 27, Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq.
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.