Assad: Erdogan Likely Using Recent Coup Bid to Eliminate Enemies

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the Turkish president may be using the recent coup attempt in Turkey to eliminate his opponents in government institutions.

AssadAssad was speaking at a Sunday meeting with a visiting delegation of Lebanese politicians headed by Najah Wakim, the president of the Lebanese People’s Movement, in the Syrian capital, Damascus, according to Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar.

Referring to the recent developments in Turkey, Assad said there is no clear picture of what is going on in Turkey yet and there are many speculations about the coup attempt.

“One cannot ignore the possibility that Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, is using these developments to eliminate his opponents in Turkey’s military, judicial and political institutions,” Assad said in his Sunday remarks, according to Al-Akhbar.

Various Turkish officials, including Erdogan, have said those deemed to have played a role in the coup attempt will pay a heavy…

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