Turkey claims 14 PKK militants killed

Turkish security forces claimed Sunday to have “neutralized” 14 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters in domestic and cross-border operations against the Kurdish group, who on the same day claimed the deaths of eight Turkish soldiers in recent clashes.

Turkey is currently conducting the third phase of Operation Claw in the Kurdistan Region’s Haftanin and Sinat regions.

“In the framework of [Operation] Claw 3 – which continues successfully – in Haftanin region, our air forces targeted the PKK separatist terrorist organization’s members and neutralized seven,” read a statement on the Turkish defense ministry’s Twitter account.

Turkey uses the term “neutralized” to denote adversaries captured, wounded, or killed in combat.

The PKK claimed the death of three Turkish soldiers in the same clash, reported the PKK-affiliated ANF.

Clashes between the two sides within the Kurdistan Region, where the PKK are currently headquartered, have intensified with the launch of Operation Claw by Turkey in late May.