Erdogan Backtracks on Comment About Turkey’s Incursion to Remove Assad

Once again Erdogan climbs down

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Originally appeared at: Al-Masdar News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has retracted on his statement that the Euphrates Shield Operation is to remove Syrian President Assad, and rather it is only to remove terrorist groups such as ISIS and the Kurdistan Workers Party-affiliated YPG.

“The aim of the Euphrates Shield Operation is not against any country or person but only terror organizations. No one should doubt this issue that we have uttered over and over, and no one should comment on it in another fashion or try to derail it,” Erdogan said at his 30th gathering with village chiefs at the Presidential Palace in Ankara

Erdogan on November 29 said that the Euphrates Shield Operation was to end Assad’s rule.

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