Turkey ‘neutralizes’ 2 YPG/PKK terrorists in N. Syria

Terrorists attempt to infiltrate Operation Euphrates Shield zone across Turkey's southern border, says Defense Ministry

Fahri Aksut   | 18.05.2020
Turkey ‘neutralizes’ 2 YPG/PKK terrorists in N. Syria


Turkish security forces “neutralized” at least two YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, near Turkey's southern border, the National Defense Ministry said on Monday.

"Two YPG/PKK terrorists, who were attempting to infiltrate the Operation Euphrates Shield zone, were neutralized by our commandos, who are the guarantor of peace and security," said the ministry 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 US 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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