Turkey ‘neutralized’ senior PKK member in Qandil region – Anadolu

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A senior member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was “neutralized” in the Kurdistan Region’s Qandil area, Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported on Friday.

Anadolu cited security sources as saying that Mehmet Hatip Ariturk, known as Delil Siirt, was “neutralized” in a joint operation by Turkish intelligence and army in Qandil region. 

He was head of the PKK’s Kirkuk region, according to Anadolu Agency.

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

The PKK has yet to confirm the death of its member.

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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