Turkish military ‘neutralized’ nine PKK fighters in northern Iraq: ministry

A Turkish army helicopter flying over mountains in the province of Sirnak, near the Turkish-Iraqi border, south-eastern Turkey. (AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Turkish military “neutralized” nine members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, the country’s defense ministry said on Saturday.

The Turkish defense ministry said the PKK fighters were targeted in the Operation Pence-Kaplan region in northern Iraq.

It also posted footage of operations carried out by Turkish forces on its Twitter account.

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

The Turkish defense ministry did not report the area of the bombardment, but its warplanes carried out strikes against targets in the Kurdistan Region’s Batifan sub-district on Thursday.

The airstrike killed a number of livestock and damaged several houses in the village of Tanke, north of Duhok.

Turkey has taken its decades-old conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) deep into the Kurdistan Region, establishing military bases and deploying armed military drones against the fighters in their mountain strongholds.

Most of the operations have focused on territory up to 30 km (20 miles) from the border.

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