The Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that Turkish security forces “neutralized” another 20 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria.
The ministry said on Twitter that the terrorists were targeted in Türkiye’s anti-terror operations Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield zones.
The term “neutralize” is used by Turkish authorities to imply the terrorists in question surrendered, were killed, or captured.
In order to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable the peaceful settlement of residents, Ankara has launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations across its border in northern Syria since 2016. These operations are Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (2019).
The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US, the UK, and the EU, has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants in its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye.
The YPG is PKK’s Syrian offshoot.