A total of 163 PKK terrorists were “neutralized” since Turkey has launched Operation Claw in northern Iraq, according to the country’s National Defense Ministry on Monday.

A total of 90 terrorists were “neutralized” as part of the Operation Claw 1-2, and 73 terrorists in Operation Claw 3, Lt. Cmdr. Nadide Sebnem Aktop, ministry spokeswoman, told reporters in the capital Ankara.

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

Aktop said that 320 caves and 266 mines and hand made explosives were destroyed during Operation Claw 1-2, and

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