Former Turkish chief general urges to support Syrian gov’t
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 28
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The former Turkish chief of General Staff Ilker Basbug called to support the Syrian government, the Turkish news TV channel Kanal7 reported June 28.
Basbug said that Syria is in a very critical situation at the moment, adding that there are pro-Iranian and pro-Western forces in this country.
"I think that Turkey and other countries should support the Syrian government in order to achieve peace in Syria and to prevent escalation of the conflict," said Basbug.
The "Islamic State" (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) penetrated Syria's territory in 2013. The organization said at the time it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared "a holy war" against all groups and government forces in Syria.
Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, deploying military actions against government forces there.
In late June of 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the 'Islamic Caliphate' on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.
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