Turkish President says DAESH has been supported by Assad

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Beshar al Assad has supported DAESH in region

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit at the Grand Tarabya hotel in Istanbul, November 19, 2015.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the leader of embattled Syrian regime Bashar al Assad of supporting and buying oil from DAESH terror organization. 

Speaking to the Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul on Thursday, Mr. Erdogan said, “DAESH is supported by Assad. Assad now is taking DAESH's oil and turning it into money. One has to be blind to not see this. It is obvious.”

He underlined that all terrorist organizations were acting in for Assad’s best interest either implicitly or explicitly.

Mr. Erdogan said, “The main culprit for today's humanitarian tragedies and acts of terrorism is the Assad regime, which has killed 380,000 of its own people.”

“Assad sponsors state terrorism” he said, adding “whoever stand behind this person, they are as guilty as him.”

After deadly Paris attacks, it is highly expected that Islamophobia would increase in Western countries. Muslim communities in Europe are already worried about the Islamophobic attacks beginning to occur against them as a result of DAESH terrorism.

In his speech, President Erdogan underlined this matter and claimed that insulting Islam and Muslims was a big mistake over DAESH attacks.

“As a matter of fact, all terrorist organizations that exploit Islam, like Al Qaeda and Boko Haram, are mostly killing and harming Muslims” he stated.

During a live television interview on Wednesday, Mr. Erdogan said that DAESH is already a target for Turkey and since the terrorist organisation is a common threat for all countries, Turkey is ready to take the next step with the coalition forces against it.

TRTWorld and agencies