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Turkish forces ‘neutralize’ 3 PKK terrorists in northern Syria

1 terrorist opened fire, others tried to enter area cleared of terrorists during Turkey's cross-border operations

Jeyhun Aliyev   | 24.06.2021
Turkish forces ‘neutralize’ 3 PKK terrorists in northern Syria

ANKARA

Turkey “neutralized” at least three PKK terrorists in northern Syria, the National Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

Turkish commandos neutralized two terrorists who attempted to infiltrate into the Operation Euphrates Shield area and another terrorist who opened harassing fire in the Operation Peace Spring region, the ministry said on Twitter.

"There is no gateway to terrorism and terrorists anywhere!" it added.

Turkish authorities 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-terror operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable a 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 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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