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Turkey 'neutralizes' 3 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria

Terrorists attempted to infiltrate Operation Peace Spring zone, says National Defense Ministry

Burak Dag   | 12.02.2021
Turkey 'neutralizes' 3 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria

ANKARA

Turkey has "neutralized" at least three YPG/PKK terrorists attempting to infiltrate the area of its cross-border anti-terror operation in northern Syria, the National Defense Ministry said on Friday.

"We have not and will not let the terrorist YPG/PKK to disrupt peace and security in the Operation Peace Spring region. Taking all precautions in the region, our heroic commandos prevented another infiltration attempt and neutralized three YPG/PKK terrorists," it said on Twitter.

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

Since 2016, Turkey 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 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the 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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