Rajo, town in Afrin in Syria’s north, ‘cleared of’ YPG militants: PM Yıldırım
Many of the areas over Turkey’s southeastern border, including the town of Rajo in northern Syria, have been cleared of “terrorists,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on March 3, referring to militants of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation inside Syria aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as “protect Syrians from terrorist cruelty and oppression.”
Another 119 have been wounded, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on March 3.
The Turkish General Staff stated on early March 3 that 2,434 militants have been “neutralized” since the start of the cross-border operation. Later in the day, the number rose to 2,516, the army said.
The authorities use the word “neutralized” in statements to imply that the militants in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.