Turkey neutralized over 200 terrorists in December

Turkey neutralized over 200 terrorists in December

ANKARA-Anadolu Agency
Turkey neutralized over 200 terrorists in December

Turkey neutralized more than 200 terrorists during anti-terror operations at home and abroad in December, Deputy Interior Minister Ismail Çataklı said on Jan. 3.

Turkish security forces neutralized 144 YPG/PKK terrorists, including one on the orange list and three on the grey list, during Operation Kıran in the country's southeast, said Çataklı.

The list is divided into five color-coded categories, with red as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and gray.

Authorities often use the word "neutralized" in statements to imply terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Çataklı said 211 terrorists were neutralized during operations last month and the number of Syrians returned to their country is growing.

The number returned due to the effect of the peace and tranquility provided by Turkey's anti-terror operations such as the Operation Olive Branch, Operation Euphrates Shield and the Operation Peace Spring is 311,968. And 3,571,030 Syrians are under international protection status in Turkey.

After Turkey's anti-terror operation such as the Operation Olive Branch and the Operation Euphrates Shield, Turkey on Oct. 9 launched the Operation Peace Spring to eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists from northern Syria 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 some 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 there.

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.