At least three YPG/PKK terrorists were neutralized by Turkish security forces in northern Syria, near Turkey’s southern border, the National Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
The terrorists were neutralized after they opened “harassment fire” on the Operation Euphrates Shield area “to disrupt the peace and security environment,” the ministry said on Twitter.
Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralize” to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.
Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable the peaceful settlement of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (2019).
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 nearly 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.