Turkey's Edrogan welcomes United States, allied strike on Syria chemical weapons sites

Nellie Chapman
April 14, 2018

Turkey was informed of the forthcoming strikes fired by the USA and its allies against Syrian regime targets on early Saturday, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Spokesperson Mahir Ünal said.

Turkey regarded the operation launched by the US, Britain and France against the Syrian regime in response to the chemical attack in Duma on April 7 as appropriate response, APA reports.

Ankara said chemical weapons attacks that indiscriminately target civilians "constitute crimes against humanity" and should not go unpunished.

Erdogan said the only way to end Syrian regime's persecution through chemical and conventional weapons as well as to establish lasting peace in the country was via a political solution.

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It is the biggest intervention by Western powers against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. She added that "with our allies, we ensured that the Russians were warned ahead of time".

"The innocent Syrian people should have been defended long ago", he added.

The US did not use the Incirlik airbase in Turkey to attack the chemical facilities in Syria, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said.

"Incirlik Base was not used [in the strikes]", Bozdağ added, referring to the US military air base placed in Turkey's southern province of Adana.

Erdogan, who had a telephone conversation with British Prime Minister Theresa May following the strikes, said he would also speak with French President Emmanuel Macron. "Do you remember your humanity only in the use of chemical weapons?" he asked during a party rally in Istanbul. In recent months, however, it has closely worked with Russian Federation for a political solution in Syria even though Moscow remains a chief ally of the regime.

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