At least 10 PKK terrorists were “neutralized” Wednesday during an air-backed operation by Turkish security forces in northern Iraq, according to Turkey’s National Defense Ministry.

“10 PKK terrorists who were plotting an attack were neutralized together with their heavy arms ammunition and fuel in an air-backed operation carried out in Haftanin region as part of Operation Claw-3, which successfully continue in northern Iraq,” the ministry said on Twitter.

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 the

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