Turkish forces 'neutralize' 13 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria

Turkish forces 'neutralize' 13 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria

Terrorists opened fire in Operation Olive Branch, Operation Peace Spring zones, says National Defense Ministry

News Service AA

Turkish security forces "neutralized" at least 13 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria near the Turkish border, authorities said on Sunday.

The terrorists opened fire and attempted to attack the Türkiye's Operation Olive Branch and Operation Peace Spring zones before they were "neutralized," the Turkish National Defense 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, 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 the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the PKK's Syrian offshoot.


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