Turkey ‘neutralizes’ two YPG/PKK terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Turkish forces have “neutralized” two YPG/PKK terrorists in Syria and Iraq, the Ministry of National Defense announced on Friday.

One terrorist was neutralized during an infiltration attempt in the area of ​​Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, while the other was targeted in the area of ​​Operation Pence-Yildirim in northern Iraq, the ministry said on Twitter.

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

Launched in 2016, Euphrates Shield is the first of a trio of successful counter-terrorism operations that Turkey has launched across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terrorist corridor and allow the peaceful settlement of residents.

It was followed by Operation Olive Branch in 2018 and Operation Peace Spring in 2019.

In northern Iraq, where PKK terrorists often hide to plan terror attacks in Turkey, Ankara has carried out a series of counter-terror offensives, known as the Pence operations, since 2019.

The Pence-Yildirim and Pence-Simsek operations were launched last April in the Metina and Avasin-Basyan regions.

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

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