ANKARA

Turkish forces neutralized at least three PKK/YPG terrorists in northern Syria, a region near the Turkish border, the National Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

In the Peace Spring zone, commandos neutralized three PKK/YPG terrorists who “attempted to disrupt the local environment of peace and security,” the ministry said on Twitter.

Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in statements 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 enable the peaceful settlement of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (2019).

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

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