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Over 50 terrorists caught alive in Afrin operation

Judicial proceedings will be initiated against terrorists

26.02.2018
Over 50 terrorists caught alive in Afrin operation Members of Free Syrian Army (FSA), backed by Turkish Army patrol after they captured YPG/PKK terrorists' training camp following the clashes near Omeranli village within the "Operation Olive Branch", launched in Afrin, Aleppo, Syria on February 25, 2018.

By Sinan Uslu

ANKARA

At least 58 out of 2,059 "neutralized" terrorists were caught alive since the launch of Turkey’s operation in northwest Syria, according to the information obtained by Anadolu Agency.

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

The terrorists were handed over to the general law enforcement forces in order to initiate judicial proceedings in accordance with the instructions of the relevant judicial authorities.

Turkey on Jan. 20 launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Syria’s northwestern Afrin region.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist cruelty and oppression.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

The military has also said that only terrorist targets are being destroyed and "utmost care" is being taken to avoid harming any civilians.

Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012, when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without a fight.

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