Ankara: Turkey has neutralised at least 3,530 terrorists belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PYD/PKK) and Islamic State (IS) group in a military operation in Syria’s Afrin region in the two-month-old military operation so far.
The word “neutralised” is used to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured, the Turkish military said in a statement on Friday.
The operation ‘Olive Branch’ was launched on January 20 to clear PYD/PKK and IS terrorists from Afrin in northwestern Syria, Anadolu news agency reported.
The main aim of the Turkish forces is to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders.
The PKK, which is based in Turkey, Iraq and parts of Syria, has been involved in an armed conflict with Turkey for the past few years. Its aim is to achieve the objective of creating an independent Kurdish state.
It has been listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
The PKK is responsible for the deaths of more than 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians.