Turkey Claims It "Neutralized" Three PKK Leaders in Kurdistan
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Turkey Claims It "Neutralized" Three PKK Leaders in Kurdistan

ERBIL — Turkey claimed on Friday that it "neutralized" three leaders of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the border areas of Kurdistan Region, as the Turkish army has continued its air and ground operations against the armed group.

The trio was reportedly targeted during separate operations carried out by the Turkish intelligence service in different areas of Kurdistan Region, Turkish state media said, without mentioning their names.

However, the report pointed out that the three PKK leaders were responsible for various activities by the Kurdish armed group in Jabal Kara, Qandil Mountains, and the Yezidi majority populated region of Sinjar.

Turkish authorities often use the term "neutralized" to refer to the PKK fighters killed, injured, or arrested by the country's forces.

Earlier the day, a Turkish air raid bombed Makhmour Camp in the south of Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region, where the PKK, as Turkey believes, has established organizational facilities. No casualties were confirmed.

READ MORE: Turkish Airstrike Hits Makhmour Camp

More than 12,000 Kurdish refugees from Turkey are based in Makhmour Camp, with the PKK being accused of turning the camp into a military base, as a result of which the Turkish army has continued to conduct airstrikes in the border areas, often resulting in civilian casualties.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the federal government have repeatedly called on the PKK and Turkey to avoid using the country's territory as a battlefield for settling their disputes.

The PKK, in the meantime, has carried out a number of attacks on the Kurdistan Region's Peshmerga forces in the border areas around Duhok province over the past months.

A Turkish airstrike on Thursday hit a facility with a vehicle belonging to the PKK in Sinjar where a number of fighters of the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS) — an armed group operating under the command of the PKK, were reportedly killed or wounded.

READ MORE: Turkish Warplanes Hit PKK Facility, Vehicle in Sinjar

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