ANKARA 

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

In a Twitter post, the ministry announced that four terrorists in Avasin and five in Hakurk regions 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 EU — has been

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