ANKARA 

Turkish fighter jets neutralized five PKK terrorists in an anti-terror operation in northern Iraq, the country’s National Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

The ministry said on Twitter that the terrorists were neutralized in the Avasin region.

Operations are continuing in the region, said the ministry.

Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

PKK terrorists often use northern Iraq to plan cross-border terrorist attacks in Turkey.

On May 27, Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq, followed by the operation’s second

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