Turkey 'neutralizes' 4 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria
3 terrorists targeted in Operation Peace Spring area, 1 in Operation Olive Branch zone, says National Defense Ministry
Turkish security forces “neutralized” four YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, the National Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
Three terrorists who were planning attacks were targeted in Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring area and one in the Operation Olive Branch zone, the ministry said in a statement.
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 35-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 over 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.