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Syria Accuses Turkey of 'Taking Part in Military Operations' Backing Daesh

© AFP 2021 / AMER ALMOHIBANY Smoke billows after air strikes by regime forces on the town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region, a rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus, on December 13, 2015
Smoke billows after air strikes by regime forces on the town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region, a rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus, on December 13, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Turkish forces directly assisted terrorist groups fighting in Syria, Bashar Jaafari, Syria's envoy to the UN, wrote in a letter to the UN Secretary General and the Security Council.

Jaafari noted that armed groups have been waging an "unprecedented terrorist war" against Syria since 2011, adding that rebels receive backing from regional powers, including "the Erdogan regime," and other countries.

Turkey's engagement in Syria's domestic affairs, according to Jaafari, has been multifaceted, "including the direct participation of the Erdogan regime's armed forces in offensive military operations in support of terrorists."

Ankara, according to the letter, has essentially helped terrorists enter Syria. Turkish troops provided "fire cover" to rebels crossing to the war-torn Arab country.

Bashar Jaafari also noted that the Turkish president wants to "revive the Ottoman colonial legacy" as evidenced by Erdogan's explicit desire to protect ethnic Turks, even if they live in other countries.

© REUTERS / Lefteris PitarakisFILE - In this Sunday, June 14, 2015 file photo, Syrian refugees are helped into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey
FILE - In this Sunday, June 14, 2015 file photo, Syrian refugees are helped into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey - Sputnik International
FILE - In this Sunday, June 14, 2015 file photo, Syrian refugees are helped into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey

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The Syrian envoy accused Ankara of committing crimes against Syrian refugees, who fled Daesh, al-Nusra Front and other terrorist organizations fighting in the Arab country. Human trafficking, according to Jaafari, is conducted "with knowledge and direct participation" of organizations controlled by the Erdogan regime.

Jaafari has called on the international community to put an end to "violations and crimes" committed by the Turkish leadership with regard to Syria and Syrian refugees.

The Syrian envoy to the UN also mentioned the Russian bomber, which was shot out of Syrian skies by a Turkish fighter jet while on a counterterrorism mission. "No additional explanations are needed since this crime speaks for itself," he noted.

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