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Turkiye 'neutralizes' 13 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria

Terrorists attempted to attack Turkiye's cross-border anti-terror operation area, say authorities

Mümin Altaş  | 17.04.2022 - Update : 17.04.2022
Turkiye 'neutralizes' 13 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria


The Turkish army "neutralized" 13 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, near Turkiye’s southern border, the National Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

The terrorists attempted to attack an area falling under Turkiye's Operation Peace Spring zone, the ministry said on Twitter.

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

Since 2016, Turkiye 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 Turkiye, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkiye, the US, and 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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