Turkish security forces “neutralized” five PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the nation’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

On Twitter, the ministry said the three terrorists plotting a terror attack were neutralized in a counter-terrorism operation conducted by Turkish Air Forces Command in the Haftanin region as part of Operation Claw-3, Turkey’s ongoing offensive in northern Iraq.

The two terrorists were neutralized in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq.

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

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