The Turkish military neutralized two PKK terrorists in air-backed operations in northern Iraq, authorities said Tuesday.

The Ministry of National Defense said in a statement the terrorists were neutralized in the Gara region.

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

On May 27, Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq, followed by its second and third phases in July and late August.

More than 400 PKK terrorists were “neutralized” in northern Iraq over the past four months, according to

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