Hawzah News Agency - Turkish warplanes and attack helicopters have “neutralized” 19 PKK militants in a string of airstrikes targeting their hideouts in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
The Turkish military generally uses the term "neutralize" to signify that members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been killed, captured or wounded.
“Four more PKK terrorists have been neutralized as part of ongoing Operation Claw in Hakurk region of northern Iraq," the state news agency quoted the National Defense Ministry as saying Thursday.
"Therefore, the number of terrorists neutralized so far as part of the operation has risen to 19” during the past four days, it added.
Turkish jets also destroyed weapon pits, shelters and ammunition stores used by PKK militants in the Avasin-Basyan and Metina regions of northern Iraq as part of the cross-border push, which commenced on Monday.
The Turkish air force has been carrying out operations against the PKK in Turkey’s troubled southeastern border region as well as in northern Iraq and neighboring Syria.