9 YPG/PKK terrorists ‘neutralized’ in northern Syria

At least nine YPG/PKK terrorists were "neutralized "in northern Syria, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense said on Sunday.

In a statement, the ministry said that Turkish commandos conducted a successful operation in the Operation Peace Spring area and "neutralized" the terrorists, who attempted to disrupt the peace and security environment in the region.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and to enable the peaceful settlement of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (2019).

Terrorist groups – especially the YPG/PKK – sometimes try to infiltrate and attack these areas to disturb the peace and stability established by Turkey.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.

The YPG is the PKK's Syrian offshoot./aa