27 Dec '17, 9pm

Turkish president calls Syria's Assad a 'terrorist'

Turkish president calls Syria's Assad a 'terrorist'

TUNIS, Tunisia — Syria’s peace efforts cannot include President Bashar Assad, Turkey’s leader said Wednesday, calling him a “terrorist.” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke during a visit to Tunisia at the end of a four-day Africa trip focusing on economic issues. At a joint news conference with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, Erdogan called Assad a “terrorist who engaged in state terrorism” and should not be part of Syria’s post-conflict future. “How can we embrace a future with a Syrian leader who has killed close to a million of his citizens?” said the Turkish leader, whose country has seen a flood of refugees from neighboring Syria during the fighting. Turning to another highly sensitive Middle East issue, Erdogan and Essebsi said their nations would never accept changes to Jerusalem’s historic status after President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Isr...

Full article: https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2017/12/27/turk...

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