Trump says hopes YPG terrorists withdraw from Turkey's Syria op area

Trump says hopes YPG terrorists withdraw from Turkey
# 13 October 2019 14:28 (UTC +04:00)

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said he hoped the People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists would abandon fighting Turkish military in northeastern Syria, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.

"I hope they do, because it is very hard to beat a force with that planes they don't, where they have weapons that Kurds don't have," said Trump, referring to the YPG.

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 YPG, on Oct. 9.

In defending his decision to pull U.S. forces from the operation area in the northern Syria, Trump said, "I don't think our soldiers should be there for the next 50 years."

"We have to bring our great heroes, our great soldiers, we have to bring them home. It's time. It's time," Trump said in a lengthy and wide-ranging address to the Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of social conservative activists.

He portrayed the Middle East as a hopeless cause, despite years of American military involvement and financial investment.