Syrian State Media: Turkey Aiding Anti-Regime Rebels


The Algemeiner reports: Syrian state media on Friday cited field commanders as saying Turkey helped anti-government rebels launch a counterattack against the Syrian army and its allies in the northwest this week, underlining recent regional tensions over the fighting.

“Field commanders confirmed to the SANA correspondent that terrorists from the Turkistan Islamic Party with the direct support, direction and planning of the Turkish regime, brought most of their forces… to start their attack,” said SANA, the state news agency.

It added that the rebels had used Turkish vehicles. There was no immediate Turkish reaction to the allegations. Turkey has been a major backer of Syrian rebels, but has recently been working with Damascus’s allies Iran and Russia in meetings with the stated aim of reducing violence.

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