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Turkey neutralizes 4 YPG/PKK terrorists in N. Syria

Terrorists neutralized after they opened fire on forces in Operation Euphrates Shield area, says National Defense Ministry

Sena Güler   | 09.04.2021
Turkey neutralizes 4 YPG/PKK terrorists in N. Syria

ANKARA 

Turkish forces neutralized at least four YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, the National Defense Ministry said on Friday.

The terrorists were neutralized after they opened fire from the Tal Rifat region on Turkish soldiers in the Operation Euphrates Shield area, the ministry said on Twitter.

Turkish forces continue to respond to attempted attacks by the YPG/PKK terrorist organization, the ministry added.

Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in statements to imply the 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 at least 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.​​​​​​​

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