ANKARA

Turkish security forces have arrested at least six YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, near the country’s southern border, the National Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

They carried out terrorist activities to disrupt an environment of peace and security, the ministry said on Twitter.

Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terrorist operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable peaceful settlement by locals: 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 PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

* Writing by Burak Dag

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