Turkey's Erdogan welcomes Western attack on Syria, says operation a message to Assad

by The Region   Reuters  


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan welcomed U.S., British and French forces' air strikes on Syria, saying that the operation sent a message to Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad.

"With the joint operation by U.S., U.K. and France on Saturday, the Syrian regime received the message that its massacres wouldn't be left unanswered," Erdogan told his ruling party AKP supporters in an Istanbul meeting.

U.S., British and French forces struck Syria with more than 100 missiles on Saturday (April 14) in the first coordinated Western strikes against the Damascus government, targeting what they said were chemical weapons sites in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack.

The bombing represents a major escalation in the West's confrontation with Assad's superpower ally Russia, but is unlikely to alter the course of a multi-sided war that has killed at least half a million people in the past seven years.