Turkish security forces “neutralized” five YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry announced on Sunday.

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

Turkish authorities often use the term “neutralized” to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

The ministry added that the country’s anti-terror operations will continue without letup.

YPG/PKK terrorists often seek shelter in northern Iraq, just across the Turkish border, to plan terrorist attacks in Turkey.

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