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Turkey says it 'neutralised' nine PKK members in northern Iraq

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By Reuters

<div> <p><span class="caps">ISTANBUL</span> -Turkey’s military and intelligence unit “neutralised” nine members of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (<span class="caps">PKK</span>) in operations in northern Iraq, the Defence Ministry and state-run media said on Saturday.</p> <p>Turkey regularly carries out air strikes in neighbouring Iraq as part of its offensive against <span class="caps">PKK</span> militants based there.</p> <p>“Our operations will continue until the last terrorist is neutralised,” the ministry said on Twitter, adding that the military targeted seven <span class="caps">PKK</span> members. It typically uses the word “neutralised” to mean killed.</p> <p>State-owned Anadolu Agency reported separately that the National Intelligence Organisation (<span class="caps">MIT</span>) had “neutralised” two <span class="caps">PKK</span> members in the Sulaymaniyah region of Iraq. </p> <p>The <span class="caps">PKK</span> launched an insurgency against the Turkish state in 1984 and more than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict. It is regarded as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.</p> </div>