May 10 2018

Turkey’s Erdoğan is a Muslim Brotherhood, U.S. pawn - Assad

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a pawn of the United States and an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Greek newspaper Kathimerini.

Assad’s Syria has been mired in civil war since he crushed a wave of largely peaceful protests in spring 2011, with Turkey’s invasion of the northern Syrian district of Afrin this year the latest blow to his authority.

Turkey and the United States have also been involved in a dispute over the area around the town of Manbij, which Turkey announced as its next target. Manbij is presently under the control of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) mainly made up of Syrian Kurdish forces that Turkey perceives as a threat.

“First of all, we are fighting the terrorists, and as I said, the terrorists for us are his army, they are the American army, the Saudi army. Forget about the different factions and who is going to finance those factions; at the end of the day, they work for one agenda, and those different players obey one master: the American master,” Assad said.

“Erdoğan is not implementing his own agenda; he’s only implementing the American agenda, and the same goes for the other countries in this war.”

Syria had nothing against the people of Turkey, but was suffering due to Erdoğan, who was not only a U.S. pawn but also an adherent of the Muslim Brotherhood, Assad said.

“Erdoğan is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Maybe he’s not organised, but his affiliation is toward that ideology,” he said.

“And for him, because, like the West, when the terrorists lost control of different areas, and actually they couldn’t implement the agenda of Turkey or the West or Qatar or Saudi Arabia, somebody had to interfere. This is where the West interfered through the recent attacks on Syria, and this is where Erdoğan was assigned by the West, mainly the United States, to interfere, to make the situation complicated, again because without this interference, the situation would have been resolved much faster.”