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Turkish Defense Minister Says 342 “Terrorists” Neutralized In Northeast Syria Operation

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Turkish Defense Minister Says 342 “Terrorists” Neutralized In Northeast Syria Operation

A Turkish army tank stationed near the Syrian border, in Suruc, Turkey, Sept. 3, 2016. (AP Photo)

A total of 342 “terrorists” have been neutralized by Turkish forces since the beginning of Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, Turkey’s defense minister Hulusi Akar said on October 11.

Akar made his remarks after meeting with top military officials in Turkey’s capital Ankara, where he talked about the measure Turkish forces are taking in the course of the operation.

“Our aim is to end the existence of terrorists — especially Daesh [ISIS], PKK/PYD-YPG — east of the Euphrates River and establish a peace corridor to assure our Syrian brothers’ return to their own lands, homes … We give the utmost importance to not only the security of our country and people, but also to the ethnic groups — Kurdish, Arabic, Assyrian, Christian, Ezidis and Keldani people — as well,” the Turkish defense minister said, according to the Anadolu Agency.

Turkish officals usually use the term “neutralized” to imply that the fighters in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which control northeast Syria, have not commented on Akar’s claims, yet. However, the Kurdish-dominated group announced that 22 of its fighters were killed in the last 48 hours.

The Turkish military and its Syrian proxies launched Operation Peace Spring in northeast Syria two days ago. A 120 km long, 30 km deep “safe-zone” is supposed to be established in the region in the first phase of the operation.

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  • Saddam Hussein

    Imagine if these kurdish traitors fought with President Assad in the Syrian Arab Army instead of occupying land for their yankie Zionist masters. They can only blame themselves for this Rojava meme and the mess it caused.

    • χρηστος

      they chose the path(side) of evil and now they are paying the price.as the video mentioned, Assad was ‘evil’ just a week before and now they are ready to start negotiations. very very late for that. negotiate what?SAA moving against Turkey ?why waste men and resources there?

    • Iranian Falcon

      Fuck you and saddam butcher soul im gappy saddam got what he deserved of killing shias iranians kurds and assyrians haha

    • Selbstdenker

      They chose the US then, which lifted the embargo on the Talebani and Barzani tribes, and unfroze their wealth, made form drugs, smuggling and human trafficking. U behave like scum, you be treated like one.

  • jim crowland

    The murderous ottomans are happy to kill people when they had not been attacked by anyone…..

  • Iranian Falcon

    Turks have problem with counting their mathematics is aweful lol

    • Zionism = EVIL

      The Kurds are coward pimps. PERIOD!

  • Selbstdenker

    what would happen, if the Turkish incursion will become a similar disaster like their last attempt in Cyprus? Will US/NATO rescue them again?

  • Ivanus59

    Every time Turkey starts an operation they pull these “neutralized” numbers out of their ass lol.