PKK terror group much worse than Daesh, US making YPG 'look like angels', Trump says
The PKK terror group is much worse than Daesh and probably constitutes a bigger terrorist threat, U.S. President Donald Trump said late Wednesday during a press conference with Italian Premier Sergio Matarello, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah.
"The PKK, which is a part of the Kurds, as you know, is probably worse at terror and more of a terrorist threat in many ways than ISIS," Trump told a news conference at the White House, using a different acronym for the Daesh terrorist group.
He then said the U.S. was making the People's Protection Units (YPG), the PKK's Syrian offshoot, "look like angels."
The remarks came amid Turkey's anti-terror operation against the PKK in Syria.
"Turkey and Syria will hopefully work it out between themselves," Trump said regarding the situation in Syria, adding: "President Erdogan's decision (to launch an operation) didn't surprise me because he's wanted to do that for a long time."
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.