SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Turkey said on Saturday it “neutralized” five Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters in northern Iraq, as it continues to launch strikes inside the Kurdistan Region.
In a statement, the Turkish defense ministry said three PKK “terrorists detected in the Avashin region were neutralized” during an operation, state news agency Anadolu reported.
Turkey uses “neutralize” term for targets who have been killed or wounded.
Two other PKK fighters were “neutralized” in an airstrike in Gara region, the ministry stated.
“We continue to destroy the terror dens in northern Iraq,” the Turkish ministry said.
On Oct. 10, the Turkish defense ministry also said 12 PKK fighters were “neutralized” in Avashin-Basyan region in a cross-border operation in the Region.
The PKK has yet to confirm the figures.
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.