A group of three PKK terrorists was neutralized as part of a Turkish counter-terrorism operation in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry announced on Saturday.

Three PKK terrorists preparing for an attack were neutralized in an air-backed operation held in northern Iraq’s Zap and Sinat-Haftanin regions, the ministry said on Twitter.

The statement added that counter-terrorism operations in the region would continue without slowing down.

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

More than 400 YPG/PKK terrorists were “neutralized” in northern Iraq over the past four

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