Istanbul (IraqiNews.com) – Two Turkish soldiers were killed and eight others were wounded Saturday in clashes with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq, Arab News quoted the Turkish defense ministry as said.
Six militants, including a woman, were “neutralized” during the operations, the ministry said in a statement. The Turkish army uses the term “neutralize” when it kills, captures or wounds combatants.
Turkey regularly carries out air strikes on PKK bases in northern Iraq, as President Tayyip Erdogan pursues his aim of ending the militant group’s presence near Turkey’s borders.
The PKK, considered a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Turkey, has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast that has killed about 40,000 people.