At least eight PKK terrorists were “neutralized” in an air operation in Iraq’s northern Gara region, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday, according to Anadolu Agency.

Turkish authorities use the term “neutralized” to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

According to the statement, the terrorists were “neutralized” in a successful air operation as a result of coordinated efforts of the Turkish Armed Forces and National Intelligence Organization (MIT).

PKK terrorists often hide out in northern Iraq to plot cross-border attacks in Turkey.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.