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Turkey arrests 5 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria

Terrorists plotting attacks arrested in Tal Abyad district, says Turkish National Defense Ministry

Isa Toprak   | 24.02.2020
Turkey arrests 5 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria

ANKARA

Turkish security forces on Monday arrested five YPG/PKK terrorists during simultaneous operations in northern Syria, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said.

The terrorists were plotting terror attack while hiding in houses in Tal Abyad, a Syrian district falls within the area of Turkey’s anti-terror Operation Peace Spring, the ministry said in a statement.

During the raid, weapons and ammunitions were also seized, it added.

Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terrorist operations across its border into northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor: Operations Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (October 2019).

Operation Peace Spring was launched to eliminate terrorist YPG/PKK and Daesh/ISIS elements east of the Euphrates River to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.

Ankara wants YPG/PKK terrorists to withdraw from the region so a safe zone can be created to pave the way for the safe return of 2 million refugees.

On Oct. 22, Ankara and Moscow reached a deal under which YPG/PKK terrorists would pull back 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of Turkey’s border with Syria, and security forces from Turkey and Russia would mount joint patrols there.

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.

*Writing by Sibel Morrow

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