Ankara, Feb 5 (IANS) Turkish security forces “neutralized” 11 members of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria, the country’s defense ministry said on Monday.
YPG members were attacked while planning an attack against Turkish soldiers in the “Operation Olive Branch” and “Operation Euphrates Shield” areas in northern Syria, the Ministry said in a statement cited by the report of the Xinhua news agency.
“We continue to respond in the same way to terrorist attacks,” added the Ministry.
Turkish authorities often use the term “neutralize” in their statements to imply that alleged “terrorists” have surrendered, been killed, or been captured.
The Turkish military launched Operation Euphrates Shield in 2016, Operation Olive Branch in 2018, Operation Peace Spring in 2019 and Operation Spring Shield in 2020 in northern Syria to create a YPG-free zone along from the border with the neighboring country.
Turkey views the YPG group as the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the European Union, has rebelled against the Turkish government for more than three decades.