Turkish security forces “neutralized” five so-called senior PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday.

In a Twitter post, the ministry announced that five terrorists “in the so-called executive position” in the Qandil region were neutralized in an air-backed operation.

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 U.S., and the

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