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Middle East

Turkish PM: Assad’s ‘atrocities and war crimes’ created ISIS

By Majeed Gly 29/9/2015

NEW YORK—Ankara is ready to work with the international community to combat the Islamic State (ISIS), Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Rudaw on Sunday, insisting that the government of President Bashar al-Assad is the real cause of Syria’s turmoil.

“We are ready to work with any country to combat ISIS because ISIS is a threat to all of us,” said Davutoglu in New York. “But we should not forget that three years ago there was no ISIS. Who created ISIS? Assad’s crimes and tyranny created ISIS.”

He said that by bombing moderate Syrian opposition forces, the Assad regime had helped the rise of ISIS, particularly in the Raqqa region.

“Assad bombed the Raqqa region in order to drive out the moderate Syrian opposition and let ISIS come into those areas,” he said.

The Turkish Prime Minister believes that ISIS is used by the Assad regime to legitimize its war against the Syrian people and the opposition forces.

“ISIS’s existence has helped Assad to tell the international community ‘Helping me is important to fight ISIS’,” he maintained. “In fact, these are two evils helping each other. If any country helps one of them against the other, that country is helping both of them.”

Davutoglu said the world should seek a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Syria where neither ISIS nor Assad will have a place.

“Now, all countries, including Russia, should work together for a peaceful solution,” said Davutoglu. “In the new Syria there should be no place for either Assad or ISIS."

On the Kurdish question, Davutoglu said that Turkey is not against Syria’s Kurds and that Ankara supports their gains as long as they work together with other moderate opposition forces.

“The Kurds of Syria, like the Turkmen and Arabs, are our relatives,” he said. “We will support any achievement they have that is gained by working together with other moderate Syrian forces.”

He added however, that the Democratic Union Party (PYD) should make its position in the war clear, and most importantly severe ties with Damascus and the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK).

“But in the meantime, the PYD that coordinates with the Assad regime and has ties with the PKK which attacks Turkey, should make their position clear that they have no ties with the regime and end their ties with the PKK,” said Davutoglu.

“Any party that has ties with the PKK is against Turkey,” he added. “For any threat coming from ISIS or the PKK Turkey has the right to defend itself. But we will support the Kurds as a people among the Arabs and Turkmen of Syria.”

 “We will never tolerate any terrorist activity on the other side of our border with Syria and Iraq, if there is any threat to Turkey by Daesh and PKK-link groups Turkey will have right to defend its border and security,” Davutoglu insisted.

 “They are two evils supporting each other,” Davutoglu described Assad and ISIS. “If any country supports one evil against the other one, in fact helping both evils.”

“What we need to do is to have solidarity with all countries including Russia to make a transition in Syria.” Davutoglu called. “In the new Syria there should not be any place for Assad or Daesh.”  


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| 29/9/2015
What B.S from this leader. It is Turkey, the Saudis, Qatar and the west who have supported trained and supply ISIS not Assad. Further, Turkey continued to support ISIS until only recently. While Turkey now claims they are fighting ISIS they really are not. It was only a pretext to start bombing the Kurds. How many times have they bombed ISIS who are right on their border?
I promote Truth | 29/9/2015
Very true indeed! ISIS, PKK and Assad Regime probably have secret agreement to destabilize Turkey. When Turkey allowed FSA and Peshmerga into Kobane to fight ISIS, who was against this? The Assad Regime!
yad | 29/9/2015
Every thing are mixed and one can separate them and I am dilemma that what is happening in middle east, I think ISIS=USA because of USA doesn't let to eliminate ISIS totally due to having interest with them, YPA=PKK because they have the same ideology and defense each to other, Assad=IRAN because of helping him since war in Syria, so Assad has link with ISIS to hit moderate opposition in Syria on one hand, Shitta fight ISIS in Iraq and Shitta has a great deal with Assad. Consequence is no one know what will be happening in the future
FAUthman | 29/9/2015
What kind of a statement is that?: "Davutoglu said the world should seek a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Syria where neither ISIS nor Assad will have a place."....Yah right ISIS and Assad will just hop on a plane say good bye and leave Syria peacefully for your "peaceful resolution to the crisis". Keep dreaming and spreading nonsense statements and once again threatening Kurds with ultimatums, your favorite tool to distract your own Turkish people who share with the Kurds the desire to live in peace with security and a bit of prosperity!!
FAUthman | 29/9/2015
Of course we all want a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Syria where both Assad and ISIS are gone. Hopefully Turkey can negotiate with the Russians to make that happen. Turkey can peacefully persuade all ISIS foreign fighters to withdraw through Turkey and go back to where they came from in exchange to Russia persuading Assad to step down.

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