At least seven YPG/PKK terrorists were “neutralized” in an air-backed operation in northern Syria’s Ayn al-Arab district on Thursday, said Turkey’s National Defense Ministry.

In a Twitter post, the ministry said the terrorists — who had attacked the Turkish forces in the anti-terror Operation Peace Spring area — were detected during reconnaissance and surveillance missions in the rural area of Ayn al-Arab.

The terrorists were “neutralized” by armed unmanned aerial vehicles, the ministry added.

Authorities often use the word “neutralized” in statements to imply terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Turkey on Oct. 9 launched Operation

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