Turkey 'neutralizes' 4 more PKK terrorists in N Iraq

# 30 May 2019 11:15 (UTC +04:00)

Four more PKK terrorists were neutralized in Turkey's Operation Claw in northern Iraq bringing the total number to 19, the National Defense Ministry said on Thursday, ONA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

The ministry updated the total number of neutralized terrorists during the ongoing operation in Hakurk region.

“Four more PKK terrorists have been neutralized as part of ongoing Operation Claw in Hakurk region of northern Iraq,” it tweeted.

“Therefore, the number of terrorists neutralized so far as part of the operation has risen to 19,” it added.

The Turkish Armed Forces launched Operation Claw against the PKK terror group on Monday.

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 responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including many women and children.