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Turkish forces ‘neutralize’ 11 extremists in N. Iraq
Turkish forces ‘neutralize’ 11 extremists in N. Iraq

Extremists killed thought to be preparing for attack; airstrikes also destroy PKK hideouts in northern Iraq

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Turkish jets destroyed weapon depots and PKK extremist hideouts and also neutralized 11 extremists in northeastern Turkey and in northern Iraq, the military said on Thursday.

Strikes on PKK targets were carried out in northern Iraq region resulting in 11 extremists being “neutralized”, a term that usually suggests the targets have been killed.

The extremists had been preparing to attack military outposts on the border, a statement by the Turkish General Staff said. Six of the extremists were neutralized in Avasin-Basyan region of northern Iraq and five other extremists were neutralized in the outskirts of Refahiye district in eastern Erzincan province.

The PKK is listed as a extremist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU. In over 30 years of violence against Turkey, more than 40,000 people have been killed.

The group uses northern Iraq’s mountainous border region to launch attacks on Turkey and has its main base at Mt. Qandil, near the Iraq-Iran border.

 



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