President Trump blames Obama for allying US with PKK
'When President Obama took the PKK, that’s a tough deal, because that’s been a mortal enemy of Turkey,' Trump says
U.S. President Donald Trump ripped his predecessor Wednesday for what he mentioned was the overt option to accomplice with the PKK terror group as Turkey begins Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria.
“When President [Barack] Obama took the PKK, after they usher in PKK, that’s a troublesome deal, as a result of that’s been a mortal enemy of Turkey,” Trump advised reporters on the White Home. “So while you convey them in right into a partnership, it’s a troublesome scenario. It’s robust for Turkey.”
Trump introduced Sunday a pullback of U.S. forces from their positions in northern Syria forward of Turkey’s operation.
Turkey introduced launch of Operation Peace Spring east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria to safe its borders by eliminating terror parts to make sure the secure return of Syrian refugees and Syria’s territorial integrity.
Turkey has mentioned the terrorist group PKK and its extension the YPG/PYD, represent the most important risk to Syria’s future, jeopardizing the nation’s territorial integrity and unitary construction.
Turkey has additionally confused that supporting terrorists underneath the pretext of combating Daesh is unacceptable.
Turkey has a 566-mile (911-kilometer) border with Syria and it has lengthy decried the risk from terrorists east of the Euphrates and the formation of a “terrorist hall” there.
Turkey plans to resettle 2 million Syrians in a 19-milie (30-kilometer) broad secure zone to be arrange in Syria, stretching from the Euphrates River to the Iraqi border, together with Manbij. Nevertheless, the presence of terror teams such because the PKK, PYD, and YPG threat its formation.
Turkey has rid an space of 1,544 sq. miles (4,000 sq. kilometers) in Syria of terrorist teams in two separate cross-border operations. Since 2016, Turkey has carried out two main navy operations in northwestern Syria — Operation Euphrates Protect and Olive Department — to purge the area of the terrorist teams Daesh and the YPG, which is the Syrian department of the terrorist group PKK.
The 2 operations had been consistent with the nation’s proper to self-defense borne out of worldwide regulation, UN Safety Council resolutions, particularly no. 1624 (2005), 2170 (2014) and 2178 (2014), and underneath the correct to self-defense underneath Article 51 of the UN Constitution, whereas being respectful of Syria’s territorial integrity.
Throughout Operation Euphrates Protect, Turkish forces neutralized 3,060 Daesh terrorists. Turkey has suffered tremendously from Daesh assaults contained in the nation. Greater than 300 folks have been killed in assaults claimed by Daesh in Turkey, the place the terrorist group has focused civilians in suicide bombings and armed assaults lately.
In its greater than 30-year terror marketing campaign in opposition to Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been liable for the deaths of 40,000 folks, together with ladies, kids, and infants.