Syrian regime buying oil from ISIL: Turkey

Turkish president Erdogan says extremists supported by Bashar al-Assad's government

Syrian regime buying oil from ISIL: Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused his Syrian counterpart of supporting terrorism in the region.

“The main culprit for today's humanitarian tragedies and acts of terrorism is the Assad regime, which has killed 380,000 of its people,” Erdogan said, referring to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

“Assad carries out state terrorism.”

Speaking at an energy summit in Istanbul on Thursday, Erdogan said “whoever stands behind this person, they are as guilty as him.” 

Turkey’s president also accused the Syrian regime of buying oil from ISIL.

“Now, all terrorist organizations in the region are serving the Assad regime directly or indirectly,” he added. “ISIL is supported by Assad. Assad now is taking ISIL oil and turning it into money. One has to be blind to not see this. It is obvious.”

Turning to the impact of ISIL attacks on the wider Muslim community, Erdogan said those who “degrade Islam and Muslims on account of ISIL are making a big mistake.”

He added: “As a matter of fact, all terrorist organizations that exploit Islam, like al-Qaeda and Boko Haram, are mostly killing Muslims and harming Muslims.”

Such groups had no relation to Islam, Erdogan said.

“The blood of every innocent victim murdered by these organizations is on the hands of those powers behind them.”

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Kasım 2015, 12:05