By Yusuf Soykan Bal
ANKARA (AA) – Turkish security forces “neutralized” four YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, Türkiye’s National Defense Ministry said on Saturday.
The terrorists were planning attacks on Türkiye’s anti-terror Operation Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield zones, according to the ministry.
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 over 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.