Turkey nabs 5 PKK/YPG terrorists in N Syria
The commandos arrested the terrorists plotting attacks in houses they were hiding in Tal Abyad, falling inside the area of Turkey's anti-terror offensive, Operation Peace Spring, the ministry said in a statement.
During the bust, weapons, ammunitions, digital materials and documents related to the terror group were also seized, it added.
Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terrorist operations across its border into northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor: Operations Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and
Peace Spring (October 2019).
Operation Peace Spring was launched to eliminate terrorist YPG/PKK and ISIL elements east of the Euphrates River to secure Turkey's borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria's territorial integrity.
Ankara wants YPG/PKK terrorists to withdraw from the region so a safe zone can be created to pave the way for the safe return of 2 million refugees.
On Oct. 22, Ankara and Moscow reached a deal under which YPG/PKK terrorists would pull back 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of Turkey's border with Syria, and security forces from Turkey and Russia would mount joint patrols
The U.S.-backed SDF, a group dominated by the YPG, has been controlling some 28 percent of the Syrian territories, including the most of the 911-kilometer-long Syria-Turkey border.
Turkey deems the YPG the Syrian offshoot of the illegal PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization also by the United States and the EU.