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Turkey ‘neutralizes’ 9 YPG/PKK terrorists in N Syria

Defense Ministry says terrorists neutralized in Operations Peace Spring and Euphrates Shield zones

Merve Aydogan   | 07.04.2020
Turkey ‘neutralizes’ 9 YPG/PKK terrorists in N Syria

ANKARA 

Turkish security forces have "neutralized" a total of nine YPG/PKK terrorists in northwestern Syria, the National Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

"One PKK/YPG terrorist was neutralized after harassing fire at the Operation Euphrates Shield zone, while the other eight terrorists were neutralized by our gallant commandos for attempting to infiltrate the Operation Peace Spring zone," 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 a trio of 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), 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 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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