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Turkey ‘neutralizes’ 7 YPG/PKK terrorists in N Syria

Defense Ministry says terrorists opened harassing fire and were trying to infiltrate Operation Peace Spring zone

Davut Demircan   | 05.04.2020
Turkey ‘neutralizes’ 7 YPG/PKK terrorists in N Syria

ANKARA

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

"Two YPG/PKK terrorists, who opened harassing fire in Operation Euphrates Shield area, and five YPG/PKK terrorists, who were attempting to infiltrate the Operation Peace Spring zone, were neutralized by our heroic command," the ministry said in a tweet.

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

Since 2016, Turkey has launched successful anti-terrorist operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable peaceful settlement by locals: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), Peace Spring (2019) and Spring Shield (2020).

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and 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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