By Erdogan Cagatay Zontur
ANKARA (AA) – Turkey’s newly launched anti-terror operation in northern Syria liberated Tal Half and Asfar Najjar villages in Ras al-Ayn district from PKK/PYD-YPG terrorists on Friday.
The Turkish Army liberated a total of 13 villages since the beginning of the operation.
Turkey on Wednesday launched Operation Peace Spring east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria to secure its borders by eliminating terrorist elements and to ensure the safe return of Syrian refugees and Syria’s territorial integrity.
Ankara wants to eliminate terrorist elements from the PKK and its Syrian offshoot, the PYD-YPG.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.