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Turkey ‘neutralized’ 50 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

Turkish Army kills 92 PKK members in one week
Turkey ‘neutralized’ 50 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq
The Turkish Armed Forces have “neutralized” nine more outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq, bringing the total number since March 10 to 50, Hurriyet Daily reported on Thursday.

The nine militants were “neutralized” in northern Iraq’s Hakurk region. The Turkish army believes they were plotting to carry out an attack on Turkish military bases.

The militants were spotted by military drones in the Yuksekova disrict of the southeastern province of Hakkari.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on March 8 that Turkey and Iraq’s central government in Baghdad will carry out a joint operation against the PKK in northern Iraq.

Cavusoglu's comments came as Turkey pushed ahead with a cross-border military operation in northern Syria’s Afrin region against YPG) militants.

Speaking to reporters on his flight from Germany to Austria, Cavusoglu said the joint cross-border operation with Iraq may start after Iraq holds parliamentary elections scheduled for May 2018, signaling Turkish troops may move to northern Iraq following the ongoing operation.

“Even if the Afrin operation has not yet been completed, we have the capacity to carry out both operations simultaneously,” Cavusoglu said.