[ Editor’s Note: The Saudis and Turkey continuing to support their terrorists groups means that will make them fair target by their own hands during the peace talks. As this goes on and on it will be harder for both to maintain the status quo that they are untouchable, legally, morally and militarily for aiding and abetting terrorism. Before this is all done I suspect they will reap the whirlwind for doing so… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … February 01, 2016 –
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that, together with Saudi Arabia, his country will continue to support what he called “moderate” groups fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
The “policies of Turkey and Saudi Arabia in Syria are based on a shared perspective,” the Davutoglu told a press conference, according to Todays Zaman. He also argued that the Islamic State (ISIS) group and the Assad regime are “equally guilty” for the situation Syria faces today.
Davutoglu is on a visit to Saudi Arabia, where he has already had talks with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. He is also expected to meet the young Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohamed bin Salman and the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. Both countries want to see the Assad regime in Syria go.
So-called “moderate” groups they have given support to include the Jaish al-Fatah.
A coalition of armed Islamists, including the al-Qaeda offshoot Jabhat al-Nusra, successfully took over Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib with logistical and intelligence support from the Ankara and Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia also supports the Jaish al-Fatah group, which has a foothold in Damsacus and whose leader, Zahran Alloush, was killed in an air strike on December 25.
Saudi Arabia has pushed for such groups to be represented as part of the opposition which has a say in the negotiations for Syria’s future in the ongoing Geneva peace talks. Russia opposes the presence of such Islamists.