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Turkey ‘neutralizes’ 2 YPG/PKK terrorists in N. Syria

Terrorists were plotting attacks on Turkish forces, says Defense Ministry

Fahri Aksüt   | 13.03.2020
Turkey ‘neutralizes’ 2 YPG/PKK terrorists in N. Syria


The Turkish army "neutralized" two YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syrian territories, the National Defense Ministry said on Friday.

In a Twitter post, the ministry said two PKK/YPG terrorists, who were found plotting attacks on Turkish troops in the Operation Peace Spring area were “neutralized.”

Turkish authorities generally use the word "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

The ministry also stressed that Turkey's anti-terror operations in the region will continue without interruption.

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

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

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