Airstrikes in Syria "appropriate reaction" - Turkey

Clay Curtis
April 15, 2018

Ankara said chemical weapons attacks that indiscriminately target civilians "constitute crimes against humanity" and should not go unpunished.

Erdogan discussed the USA -led airstrikes against Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria as well as bilateral and regional issues with the French and Russian leaders, said the sources on the condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

"The conscience of the global community is in no doubt about that", it added.

On Friday night, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S., the United Kingdom and France jointly launched strikes targeting the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons capabilities after a suspected chemical attack killed dozens outside of Damascus.

"We spent the night sleepless and followed the operation", Erdogan said at a rally in Istanbul.

"The innocent Syrian people should have been defended long ago", he added, according to a report from the Reuters news agency.

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"Does your humanity come to your mind only when chemical weapons are used?"

He said it would be wrong to expect the previous attacks by the Syrian regime to remain unanswered. The perpetrators of that heinous assault must be held accountable for their actions.

Turkey on Saturday welcomed the airstrikes launched by the U.S., Britain and France on Syria as an "appropriate reaction" to an alleged chemical attack.

"Incirlik Base was not used [in the strikes]", Bozdağ added, referring to the US military air base placed in Turkey's southern province of Adana.

Turkey is a vocal critic of Assad's regime in Damascus and backed rebels fighting for his ouster.

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