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108 Kurdish militants ‘neutralized’

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced the country is conducting operations in northern Iraq against Kurdish rebels it deems “terrorists.” (AP)

About 108 Kurdish militants have been “neutralized” in operations targeting southeast Turkey and northern Iraq in the past week, Turkey’s armed forces said.

The military uses the term “neutralized” to refer to operations in which opposition forces have been killed, wounded or captured.

In a weekly roundup, it said it had neutralized 31 militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the southeastern provinces of Tunceli, Mardin, Diyarbakir and Sirnak. It said 77 other militants had been neutralized in cross-border operations.

Earlier on Saturday, the military said it had neutralized six militants in an airstrike targeting northern Iraq’s Hakurk region. Reuters

Ankara has long complained that PKK fighters are being given free rein to operate out of Sinjar against Turkish targets.