Published: Sun, April 15, 2018

Turkey welcomes strikes on Syria as 'appropriate'

Turkey welcomes strikes on Syria as 'appropriate'

On Friday night, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S., the United Kingdom and France jointly launched strikes targeting the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons capabilities after a suspected chemical attack killed dozens outside of Damascus.

"Turkish and U.S. Chiefs of Staff were in contact upon the order placed by [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan] and Mr. Trump", Bekir Bozdağ, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, said.

Addressing his ruling AK Party supporters in Istanbul, Erdogan said that Damascus recently began a disproportionate attack on the opposition, using "not only chemical weapons", and added that conventional weapons there "kill many times more people than chemical", RIA Novosti reported.

Turkish presidential aide on Saturday urged the global community to unite, saying it would have been "unthinkable to leave Syrian regime unanswered" after its suspected chemical attack in Syria's Douma.

The statement noted that attacks on civilians with weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, were crimes against humanity. There is no doubt in the global community's conscience on this matter.


"We have to save Syria from this regime", Cavusoglu said.

Erdogan highlighted the importance of working together with France and Russian Federation to resolve Syrian crisis and importance of not escalating tensions in Syria, the sources added.

The third target was near to the second and was a chemical weapons storage facility and an important command post, he said. "The Incirlik base was not used in the attack".

Turkey is a vocal critic of Assad's regime in Damascus and backed rebels fighting for his ouster.

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