Authorities stated on Monday that Turkish security forces “neutralized” three PKK terrorists near the Turkish border in northern Iraq.
The Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Twitter that the terrorists were targeted in the Operation Claw-Lock zone.
The ministry expressed that two terrorists, separately, attempting to escape into a cave in the Qandil area in northern Iraq were neutralized in a drone strike.
The term “neutralize” is used by Turkish authorities to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.
In order to target the PKK terror organization’s hideouts in Iraq’s northern Metina, Zap, and Avasin-Basyan regions, near the Turkish border, Türkiye launched Operation Claw-Lock in April.
The operation was initiated after Operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle, which had been set to root out terrorists hiding in northern Iraq and plotting cross-border attacks in Türkiye.
The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US, and the EU, has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people, including women, children and infants, in its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye.