ANKARA 

Turkish security forces have “neutralized” a PKK terrorist in northern Iraq, authorities said on Sunday.

The terrorist was targeted in the Zap region in air-backed operation, the National Defense Ministry said on Twitter.

Operations against the PKK terrorist organization, it added, shall continue decisively.

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

PKK terrorists often use northern Iraq – across the Turkish border – to plan terrorist attacks in Turkey.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and EU – has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

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