By Merve Berker
ANKARA (AA) – Turkish security forces “neutralized” three PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
Terrorists were targeted in the Operation Claw-Lock zone, the ministry said in a statement.
“For our martyrs, for our nation, for this holy homeland, we continue to struggle tirelessly,” the statement added.
Turkish authorities use the term "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.
Türkiye launched Operation Claw-Lock in April to target the PKK terror group's hideouts in the Metina, Zap and Avasin-Basyan regions of northern Iraq, located near the Turkish border.
It was preceded by two operations – Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle – launched in 2020 to root out terrorists hiding out in northern Iraq and plotting cross-border attacks in Türkiye.
In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US and EU – has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.