The Turkish army “neutralized” 11 YPG/PKK terrorists attempting to infiltrate northern Syrian territories, the National Defense Ministry said on Monday.

“11 YPG/PKK terrorists, who were attempting to infiltrate the [Operation] Peace Spring region with the intention of disturbing the peace and security established there were neutralized in operations carried out,” said the ministry on Twitter.

The ministry further affirmed its determination to “continue taking measures to sustain the peace and security in the region.”

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

Since 2016, Turkey has launched a

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