Some 506 PKK terrorists have been neutralized so far in the
Operation Claw-Lock, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has stated,
adding that the Zap region in northern Iraq has been largely
cleared of terrorists.
Türkiye respects the borders, sovereign rights and territorial
integrity of all its neighbors, especially Iraq and Syria, Akar
stated at a press conference after the cabinet meeting.
Emphasizing that the terrorists are the only target of the
Turkish army, Akar said,“Our only aim is the defense and security
of our country and nation.”
The fight against terrorism continues at an increasing pace with
determination, the minister added.
“A certain stage has been successfully completed in the
Operation Claw-Lock. The Zap area has been largely cleared of
terrorists. The caves of terrorists who have settled there for
years were destroyed,” Akar said.
With the Operation Claw Lock, the 302-kilometer line on the
Iraqi border was secured, Akar noted, adding that 506 terrorists
have been neutralized so far in the operation.
Within the scope of the operation, nearly 600 caves and more
than 2,000 mines and handmade explosives used by terrorists were
destroyed, Akar stated.
Some 1,174 weapons and 533,275 ammunitions were also seized, the
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