Turkish security forces have “neutralized” a total of nine YPG/PKK terrorists in northwestern Syria, the National Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

“One PKK/YPG terrorist was neutralized after harassing fire at the Operation Euphrates Shield zone, while the other eight terrorists were neutralized by our gallant commandos for attempting to infiltrate the Operation Peace Spring zone,” the ministry said in a tweet.

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

Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terrorist operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent

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