ANKARA 

Turkish forces on Thursday “neutralized” four PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, according to Turkey’s National Defense Ministry.

The air-backed operation took place in the Gara and Avasin regions, the ministry said on Twitter.

“Our operations will continue until the last terrorist is neutralized.”

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

PKK terrorists holed up in northern Iraq are known for planning a terrorist attack 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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