ANKARA 

Turkish security forces “neutralized” at least two PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry said on Monday.

“With the coordinated work of the Turkish Armed Forces and National Intelligence Organization, two PKK terrorists were neutralized in an air-backed operation in the Metina region of northern Iraq,” the ministry said in a statement.

Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralize” 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.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.

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