Turkish security forces arrested two YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, near the country’s southern border, the National Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

The ministry said in a statement that the terrorists were arrested in the Operation Euphrates Shield zone, where Turkey carried out a counter-terror operation.

Turkish troops are in the region as part of a cross-border security and counter-terrorist initiative.

Since 2016, Turkey has launched four 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), Peace Spring (2019), and Spring Shield (2020).

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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