Turkey ‘neutralized’ three PKK members in northern Iraq – sources

Smoke rises from what appears to be a vehicle that was targeted during a cross-border counter-terrorism operation carried out by Turkey in northern Iraq, September 3, 2021. (Anadolu Agency photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Three senior members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were “neutralized” during a cross-border operation in northern Iraq, Turkish media reported.

State-media Daily Sabah reported that Turkish security forces and the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) carried out a joint cross-border counter-terrorism operation in northern Iraq on Friday.

Three PKK members operating at a “responsible level in the Gara, Qandil and Sinjar regions were eliminated in the operation,” Daily Sabah cited security sources as saying.

State news agency Anadolu cited a security source as saying that the three PKK members were “neutralized”.

The PKK has yet to confirm the reports.

Turkey uses “neutralize” term for targets who have been killed or wounded.

Turkey has taken its decades-old conflict with the PKK deep into northern Iraq, establishing military bases and deploying armed military drones against the fighters in their mountain strongholds.

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