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Turkey neutralizes 5 more YPG/PKK terrorists in Syria

Terrorists were trying to infiltrate Operation Peace Spring area, says Turkish Defense Ministry

Merve Aydogan and Burak Dag   | 07.01.2021
Turkey neutralizes 5 more YPG/PKK terrorists in Syria

ANKARA

Turkish security forces neutralized 13 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, the National Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

The terrorists were trying to infiltrate the Operation Peace Spring zone, south of Turkey’s border, according to the ministry.

Vowing to protect the Operation Peace Spring region, the ministry on Twitter earlier said: "Five more YPG/PKK terrorists, attempting to infiltrate the region to disrupt peace and security, were neutralized by our fire support instruments." 

In a second tweet, the Defense Ministry announced that Turkish security forces in the Operation Peace Spring region in Syria neutralized eight YPG/PKK terrorists, who were trying to flee the region through a network of tunnels they had dug.

Turkish authorities use the word “neutralized” to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations 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. Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.