The Turkish Defense Ministry said on Thursday that its forces “neutralized” nine YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, near the Turkish border.
In a statement, the ministry stated that the terrorists were planning an attack on Türkiye’s Operation Peace Spring zone.
The term “neutralize” is used by Turkish authorities to imply the terrorists in question have either surrendered or 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), respectively.
The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US, and the EU, has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants, in its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye. The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.