Turkey has neutralized seven PKK/YPG terrorists in northern Iraq and northern Syria, the Ministry of National Defense announced on Saturday.
“5 PKK/YPG terrorists were neutralized by our Turkish Armed Forces in the (Operation) Euphrates Shield area in northern Syria and 2 PKK terrorists in the Operation Claw-Lock area in northern Iraq,” the ministry said on Twitter.
Türkiye launched Operation Claw-Lock in April to target hideouts of the PKK terrorist organization in northern Iraq’s Metina, Zap and Avasin-Basyan regions near the Turkish border.
It was preceded by Operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle, which were launched in 2020 to root out terrorists hiding in northern Iraq and plotting cross-border attacks into Turkey.
Since 2016, Ankara has launched a trio of successful counter-terrorism operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terrorist corridor and allow the peaceful settlement of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch ( 2018) and Peace Spring (2019).
During its more than 35-year terrorist campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, UK and EU – has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40 000 people, including women, children and infants.
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