Turkey's operation not US' problem, Trump says

DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES
ISTANBUL
Published 16.10.2019 18:19
Updated 16.10.2019 18:36
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo)
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo)

Turkey's Operation Peace Spring in Syria is not the U.S.' problem, it is a matter between Turkey and the Assad regime, Donald Trump said Wednesday.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said it was fine for Russia to help the Assad regime, while he noted it was up to the countries there to work it out.

Turkey launched its long-planned military operation Oct. 9 to secure its borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees and ensure Syria's territorial integrity.

Turkish leaders have repeatedly underlined that the operation does not target Kurds, but aims to clear the region of the terror group PKK and its Syrian offshoot YPG.

"By the way, they are not angels," he said in reference to the PKK's Syrian offshoot the People's Protection Units (YPG).

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