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4 YPG/PKK terrorists ‘neutralized’ in northern Syria

Terrorists were trying to infiltrate Operation Peace Spring zone, says Turkish National Defense Ministry

Ali Murat Alhas   | 27.11.2021
4 YPG/PKK terrorists ‘neutralized’ in northern Syria

ANKARA

Turkish security forces “neutralized” four YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

The terrorists were “neutralized” after they opened harassment fire and attempted to infiltrate the Operation Peace Spring zone in order to disrupt the peace and security environment, the ministry said on Twitter.

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

Since 2016, Turkey has conducted a trio of successful anti-terror operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable the peaceful settlement of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (2019).

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

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