2 Turkish soldiers killed in anti-terror operation zone in N. Syria

Terrorists opened fire in Operation Euphrates Shield zone, says National Defense Ministry

Beyza Binnur Donmez  | 27.07.2022 - Update : 27.07.2022
2 Turkish soldiers killed in anti-terror operation zone in N. Syria


Two Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Syria where the army launched a military operation to clear the area of terror elements, the National Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

Mevlut Yogurtcu and Mert Otal succumbed to their injuries in hospital after terrorists opened fire in the Operation Euphrates Shield zone on Tuesday, according to the ministry.

The ministry conveyed condolences to the soldier’s family, Turkish forces, and the nation.

In a separate statement, the ministry said 25 PKK/YPG terrorists were neutralized by Turkish forces in Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Peace Spring zones.

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

Since 2016, Ankara 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 Türkiye, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US, and EU – has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is PKK's Syrian offshoot.

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