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Turkey fighter planes “neutralize” three PKK members in northern Iraq

October 8, 2019

MADRID, Oct. 7 (EUROPE PRESS) –

Turkish fighter planes have “neutralized” three suspected members of the Kurdish guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in a bombing in northern Iraq.

The Turkish Ministry of Defense has reported that they have “neutralized” these three “terrorists” in bombings in the Gara region. With these, 54 alleged Kurdish guerrilla members would be “neutralized” by the Turkish Armed Forces this week and 400 in the last four months.

The Turkish Government uses the term “neutralized” to refer to the suspects being killed, captured or handed over to the authorities. Being bombings, it is assumed that Ankara assumes the alleged militiamen for dead.

The bombings have been executed within the framework of the 'Operation Claw', launched on May 27 and extended in mid-July and the end of August with the operations 'Garra-2' and 'Garra-3'.

The Turkish Army has intensified its operations against the PKK both in the country and in northern Iraq since the ceasefire between the government and the armed group was broken in July 2015.

The ceasefire was broken shortly after the government and guerrillas signed what were known as Dolmahbace agreements to move forward in peace talks and after the historic entry into the Turkish Parliament of the pro-Kurdish Democratic People's Party (HDP).

More than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, have died since the PKK raised arms against government forces in 1984. The group is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the United States.