Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said on Sunday that the Turkish army “neutralized” 13 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, near Turkey’s southern border.
The ministry said on Twitter that the terrorists attempted to attack an area falling under Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring zone.
The terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured, thus explaining the use of the term “neutralize” by Turkish authorities.
Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations across its border in northern Syria since 2016, to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable the peaceful settlement of residents. These operations are Euphrates Shield, Olive Branch, and Peace Spring, which took place in 2016, 2018, and 2019, respectively.
The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU, has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants in its more than 35-year terror campaign. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.