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    The unfolding coup attempt in Turkey is a result of Ankara’s interference in the Syrian crisis, Tarek Ahmad, a member of the Hmeimim group of internal Syrian opposition, told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Friday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that a group of servicemen attempted a military coup d'etat in the country.

    "Turkey's interference into the Syrian issue, Turkey's role as a mediator and a playground for terrorists from around the globe, could not go unpunished," Ahmad said.

    Ahmad claimed that more than 50,000 terrorists crossed the Turkish border into the Syrian territory.

    "But it is not only Turkey but also Saudi and Qatari government are responsible for spreading terrorist network all over the world. Ideology is the most dangerous weapon in their hands and the Western society has been blindly supporting this governments," the opposition figure said.

    Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the government forces fighting several opposition factions and militant organizations. The crisis has caused a humanitarian disaster making millions of people flee their country.

    Ankara has been repeatedly accused by Damascus of sponsoring the Islamic State terrorist group, which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia.


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