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Türkiye ‘neutralizes’ 4 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq and Syria

Turkish security forces “neutralized” a total of four YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Iraq and Syria, near the Turkish border, the National Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

Three of the terrorists were “neutralized” in the Operation Claw Lock region of northern Iraq and another in the Operation Euphrates Shield zone of northern Syria, a ministry statement said.

In addition, a member of the terrorist PKK/PYD who tried to enter Türkiye from the border with Syria was arrested in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa.

Stung that the terrorist might try to enter the country from Syria, security forces stepped up measures at the border and carried out the capture, security sources said on Sunday.

Legal proceedings were initiated against the terrorist, said the sources, who asked not to be named as they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The terrorist PKK is known for using northern Iraq, near the Turkish border, as a hideout to plot terror attacks and launch attacks on both nearby Türkiye and locals in northern Syria.

Since 2016, Ankara has launched a trio of successful counter-terrorism operations across the 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).

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

In its nearly four-decade terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK – designated a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and babies. The YPG is the Syrian branch of the PKK.