ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish Defense Ministry says its warplanes “neutralized” 23 Kurdish militants in a raid 140 kilometers (90 miles) inside Iraq. The ministry usually refers to killed militants as “neutralized.” It said Sunday that the number of casualties in the mission in the Asos region of northern Iraq was expected to rise. A video accompanying the ministry’s tweet showed F-16 fighters taking off and a number of explosions in a mountainous area. Turkey has been conducting a series of operations in northern Iraq since 2019 saying the military is targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to prevent it from launching cross-border attacks on Turkey.
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