Turkish army ‘neutralizes’ 20 PKK terrorists in N. Iraq

Turkish jets target terrorists in Zap, Hakurk and Gara regions of northern Iraq on Dec. 14-15

Turkish army ‘neutralizes’ 20 PKK terrorists in N. Iraq

Turkish army "neutralized" a total of 20 PKK terrorists in airstrikes carried out in northern Iraq, the military said on Saturday.

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

In a Twitter post, the Turkish General Staff said they conducted the airstrikes that killed 7 terrorists in Zap and Hakurk regions on Dec. 14-15.

The terrorists were plotting attack on Turkish bases, it said.

It added that shelters and caves belonging to the terror group were also destroyed in the airstrikes.

Turkish Army also neutralized 13 more terrorists in northern Iraq, the defense ministry said Saturday evening.

In a Twitter message, Turkish Defense Ministry said Turkey carried out airstrikes in Gara region killing 13 terrorists and destroying several shelters and caves of the terrorist group.

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 women and children.