Over 2,600 terrorists 'neutralized' in Turkey's Afrin operation

The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) have neutralized a total of 2,612 YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists since beginning of Turkey's Afrin operation dubbed "Olive Branch" in Syria's northern region.

At least 2,612 PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorists have been "neutralized" since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria, the Turkish General Staff said on Sunday.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear Afrin from PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

The military also said only terror targets are being destroyed and that "utmost care" is being taken to avoid harming civilians.

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