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ANKARA, Nov 27: Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar said Sunday the Turkish security forces “neutralized” militants associated with the terrorist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in a security campaign over the last couple of days. The campaign, part of the cross-border Operation Claw-Lock, took place in Zap region, north Iraq, following a terrorist attack that claimed the lives of two Turkish soldiers and injured three others. “Among the neutralized terrorists are the traitors who carried out the Saturday attack,” Anadolu Agency (AA) quoted the minister as saying at a video conference with the commanders of the units participating in the Operation.
“The operation was launched by Turkish commandos against terrorists attempting to escape from the region,” Akar noted. A total of 480 terrorists have been “neutralized” since the beginning of Operation Claw-Lock in April, he added. The Turkish military use the term “neutralize” to refer to the death or capture of wanted terrorists. Turkiye launched Operation Claw-Lock in April to target the PKK terror organization’s hideouts in the Metina, Zap, and Avasin-Basyan regions of northern Iraq, located near the Turkish border. In its 35-year terror campaign against Turkiye, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkiye, the US, and the EU, has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women and children.(KUNA)