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Türkiye "neutralizes" 3 PKK members in N. Iraq

28 Sep 2023, 00:05 GMT+10

ANKARA, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) killed a senior member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in a cross-border operation in northern Iraq, the semi-official Anadolu Agency reported Wednesday.

Mazlum Ozturk, codenamed Berxwedan Ciyager, was "neutralized" in an operation in the rural regions of Iraq's Sulaymaniyah province, Anadolu quoted anonymous security sources as saying.

Turkish authorities often use the term "neutralize" in their statements to imply the "terrorists" in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Ozturk allegedly traveled from Türkiye to Europe in August 2022 and was involved in various activities associated with the European Kurdistan Democratic Societies Congress there.

He allegedly joined the PKK's rural ranks in France in January 2023, received assassination training, and was involved in armed activities.

MIT has intensified cross-border operations in Iraq since last year and killed several other senior PKK members over the past months.

In a separate cross-border operation, the Turkish army "neutralized" two PKK members in the "Operation Claw-Lock" zone in northern Iraq, Türkiye's Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

Türkiye launched Operation Claw-Lock in April 2022 to fight against the PKK members in the northern Iraq region near the Turkish border, where many hideouts and bases of PKK militants are based.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the United States, and the European Union, has rebelled against the Turkish government for more than three decades.

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