ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish Defense Ministry says its troops have captured a major base belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. Twelve members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, were “neutralized” in the operation, the ministry said in a tweet on Monday. It uses the term to describe opponents that are killed, wounded or captured. The operation took place close to the Turkish border in a region where three Turkish soldiers were killed in August. The ministry said the “eastern headquarters” of the PKK were captured in what it called a “powerful blow” against the group, which is listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and EU.
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