ANKARA (AA) – Turkish security forces killed at least 13 PKK members in two separate engagements in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry said on Saturday.
In the first incident, five PKK “terrorists” were “neutralized” in the Operation Pence-Kaplan zone, the ministry said on Twitter.
Turkish authorities use the word “neutralize” to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.
In the second incident, eight others were “neutralized” in the Avasin-Basyan region.
The Pence operations are a series of offensives Turkiye has carried out since 2019 against groups in northern Iraq, particularly the PKK.
Operations Pence-Kaplan and Pence-Kartal started in June 2020 in the Sinjar, Qandil, Haftanin, and Zap regions. The Pence-Simsek and Pence-Yildirim operations were launched last April in the Metina and Avasin-Basyan regions.
Turkiye accuses the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by the US, and EU – of killing over 40,000 of its people.