The Turkish military neutralized four terrorists linked to the PKK’s Syrian offshoot, the YPG, in northern Syria, the Turkish Defense Ministry stated.
The terrorists attempted to attack an area falling under Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring zone, the ministry said on Twitter.
Turkish army neutralized a total of 316 terrorists since the beginning of this year in 18 domestic and cross-border operations, Defense Ministry Spokesperson Major Pinar Kara told reporters on February 10.
YPG/PKK frequently carries out car bomb and suicide attacks targeting the Turkish military and the Syrian National Army (SNA), as well as civilians in northern Syria.
Turkey carried out Operation Peace Spring in 2019 against the YPG/PKK in northern Syria’s Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain regions to prevent a terrorism corridor from being created along its southern border, as well as to bring peace to the region.
After the completion of the operation, Turkish officials focused on ensuring the security of the region and creating the necessary conditions for the return of displaced civilians.
In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and EU – has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.