Turkish security forces “neutralized” five PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

The neutralized terrorists were plotting an attack, the ministry said in a tweet.

Turkish Armed Forces conducted the offensive in Haftanin region as part of Operation Claw-3.

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.

Over 400 PKK terrorists were “neutralized” in northern

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