18 PKK militants ‘neutralized’ in Turkey’s southeast
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
A total of 18 outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants were “neutralized” in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakır, Şırnak and Osmaniye provinces on July 11, the Interior Ministry said.
Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralize” in their statements to imply that the militants in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
During the operations security forces “neutralized” 11 militants in Osmaniye, four in Şırnak and three in Diyarbakır, a ministry statement said.
The operations are still ongoing, the statement added.
28 PKK targets hit in Iraq’s north
Meanwhile, Turkish airstrikes have “destroyed” 28 PKK targets in northern Iraq, the General Staff said in a statement on July 11.
Turkish officials have recently suggested the Mount Qandil region—where the group has its headquarters—may be the target of a future operation.