ANKARA

At least three YPG/PKK terrorists were neutralized by Turkish security forces in northern Syria, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said on Monday.

“Three PKK/YPG terrorists, who opened harassing fire into the Operation Peace Spring region to disrupt peace and security, were neutralized by fire support vehicles,” the ministry said on Twitter.

A video footage of the operation was also shared on Twitter.

Turkish authorities use the term “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 to 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 PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

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