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Turkey 'neutralizes' 11 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria

Terrorists ‘neutralized’ in Turkey's Operation Peace Spring zone, says National Defense Ministry

Merve Aydogan   | 23.09.2021
Turkey 'neutralizes' 11 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria

ANKARA 

Turkish security forces "neutralized" 11 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, across Turkey's border, authorities said on Thursday.

Sharing footage of operations carried out by Turkish forces, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Twitter, the terrorists attempted to infiltrate and attack the Operation Peace Spring zone.

The ministry said that Turkish commandos prevented an attempted attack by YPG/PKK terrorists, neutralizing 11 of them.

Turkish authorities use the term "neutralize" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Since 2016, Ankara has launched 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 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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