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Turkey neutralizes 2 YPG/PKK terrorists in N.Syria

Terrorists were plotting terror attack in Operation Euphrates Shield zone, says National Defense Ministry

Ahmet Gençtürk   | 08.04.2021
Turkey neutralizes 2 YPG/PKK terrorists in N.Syria

ANKARA 

Turkish security forces neutralized two YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

The terrorists were plotting a terror attack in the Operation Euphrates Shield zone, the ministry said on Twitter.

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

Since 2016, Turkey 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 the EU -- 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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