Turkish forces 'neutralize' 5 PKK/YPG terrorists in northern Syria
Turkish security forces take action against PKK terrorists, 'who have the sole intention of causing violence in the region, in a manner they rightfully deserve,' says Defense Ministry
By Esra Tekin
ISTANBUL (AA) – Turkish security forces "neutralized" five members of the PKK/YPG terror group in northwestern Syria, Türkiye's National Defense Ministry said on Friday.
“Heroic Turkish Armed Forces neutralized 5 PKK/YPG terrorists who were preparing an attack in the Peace Spring region in northern Syria,” the ministry said in a statement.
It added that Turkish security forces took action against PKK terrorists, “who have the sole intention of causing violence in the region, in a manner they rightfully deserve.”
Turkish authorities use the term "neutralize" to imply that the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.
PKK/YPG terrorists hide out in northern Syria, near the Turkish border, where they plan and carry out attacks on both locals and nearby settlements in Türkiye.
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 UK, US, and EU — has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is its Syrian branch.
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