ANKARA

Turkish security forces “neutralized” 14 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, the National Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

The terrorists that attempted to infiltrate into anti-terror operation zones and opened harassing fire in areas of Turkiye’s Peace Spring and Olive Branch operations were neutralized by the Turkish Armed Forces, the ministry said on Twitter.

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

Since 2016, Ankara 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 Turkiye, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkiye, the US, and 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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