Turkish security forces “neutralized” four PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday.

The terrorists were neutralized in Hakurk region in an air-backed operation, the ministry said on Twitter.

The ministry also added that Turkey’s anti-terror operations will continue resolutely in the region.

Turkish authorities generally 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.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the

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