Turkish forces kill 29 Kurdish militants in Northern Syria: Defence Ministry

The Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement that Turkish security forces killed 29 members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria.

According to the statement, 28 YPG militants who attempted to attack the Operation Euphrates Shield zone and one fighter who tried to attack the Operation Peace Spring territory were "neutralised." The term "neutralised" is often used by Turkish authorities to describe terrorists who have been killed, injured, or detained during security operations.

On the Syrian border, Turkish forces and YPG members regularly exchange fire, but tensions have risen in the region since three Turkish soldiers were killed there in early January.  In 2016, the Turkish army launched Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, followed by Operation Olive Branch in 2018, Operation Peace Spring in 2019 and Operation Spring Shield in 2020, in an alleged attempt to eliminate terror threats against Ankara and create a safe zone that would allow Syrian refugees to return to their homes.

Let us tell you the relationship between Turkey and Syria both countries have the longest shared border, and the two nations are linked by a variety of geographic and historical connections.

The self-annexation of the Hatay Province to Turkey in 1939, water disputes resulting from the Southeastern Anatolia Project, and Syria's support for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (abbreviated as PKK) and the now-dissolved Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (abbreviated as ASALA), which has been designated as a terrorist organisation by NATO, have all contributed to traditionally tense relations between Turkey and Syria.

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