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Turkey neutralized 113 terrorists in recent N.Iraq operations

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At least 113 terrorists have been "neutralized" in Turkey’s recent cross-border anti-terror operations so far, the country’s national defense minister said on Monday, Eurasia Diary reports citing Yeni Safak. 

Operations Pence-Simsek and Pence-Yildirim are continuing successfully regardless of difficult conditions on the ground, Hulusi Akar told a virtual meeting with Turkish Armed Forces.

As many as 107 caves and shelters have also been destroyed, he added, reaffirming Turkey's determination to continue the fight until the last terrorist is neutralized.

Turkish authorities use the word “neutralized” in statements to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Turkey launched operations Pence-Simsek and Pence-Yildirim on April 23 in northern Iraq’s Metina and Avasin-Basyan regions.

The PKK terror group often uses bases in northern Iraq just across Turkey's southern border to hide and plot terror attacks in Turkey.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

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