Trump: "PKK is worse than ISIL"

Trump: "PKK is worse than ISIL"
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  • calendar-gray 16 October 2019

The PKK is worse than ISIL terrorist group, U.S. President Donald Trump said late Wednesday, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.

"Turkey and Syria will hopefully work it out between themselves," he added during a press conference with Italian Premier Sergio Matarello.

The remarks came amid Turkey's anti-terror operation against the PKK in Syria.

Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring, the third in a series of cross-border anti-terror operations in northern Syria targeting terrorists affiliated with Daesh and the PKK's Syrian offshoot the People's Protection Units (YPG), on October 9.

The operation, conducted in line with the country's right to self-defense borne out of international law and U.N. Security Council resolutions, aims to establish a terror-free safe zone for Syrians return in the area east of the Euphrates River controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by YPG terrorists.

The PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union — has waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years, resulting in the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

Faiq Mahmudov

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