Turkey ‘neutralized’ 12 PKK fighters in Kurdistan Region: ministry

A combined picture of a Turkish helicopter and two PKK fighters

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Turkish defense ministry said it had “neutralized” 12 fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Kurdistan Region.

The Turkish military targeted the PKK fighters in the Avashin-Basyan region in a cross-border operation in the Kurdistan Region, the ministry said on Monday.

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

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

On Friday, Turkish-state news agency Anadolu said the armed forces “neutralized” senior PKK member Hatip Ariturk, known as Delil Siirt, in Qandil region.

Turkey has taken its decades-old conflict with the 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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