Turkish security forces neutralized four PKK/YPG terrorists in northern Syria, the National Defense Ministry said on Monday.

The terrorists were trying to infiltrate the Operation Peace Spring zone, south of Turkey’s border, to disrupt peace and security in the region, the ministry said on Twitter.

“Our operations against PKK/YPG terrorists trying to infiltrate the Peace Spring region continue,” it added.

Turkish authorities use the word “neutralized” to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations 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 EU — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

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