Over 3,000 terrorists neutralized in Turkey's Afrin operation

The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) have 'neutralized' a total of 3,055 PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists since launch of Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, northwestern Syria.

A total of 3,055 terrorists have been "neutralized" so far since the start of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's northwestern Afrin region, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement on Thursday.

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

The military also added that air-and-land operations were continuing.

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

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 oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

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