Syrian Opposition Accuses Turkey of Allowing Mercenaries

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A key member of the unrecognized Syrian opposition accused Turkey on Wednesday of allowing Saudi mercenaries to enter through its border with Syria.

“These people are destroying Syria,” Haytham Manna, spokesman for the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change, told the Voice of Russia. “Unfortunately, there are political players such as Turkey who allow them to invade Syria.”

Manna added that the mercenaries were hired to join the fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “so that they keep shooting, instead of trying to figure out who is who.”

Turkey has emerged as a staunch critic of Assad amid the bloody civil war that has ravaged his Middle Eastern country.

Several Syrian opposition groups have contended for the opportunity to represent the anti-government movement in the struggle. However, an array of countries, including the European Union, have recognized only the Syrian National Council.

Anti-government rebel forces have been locked into a protracted civil war with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The UN has estimated that nearly 40,000 have died since the fighting began in March 2011.

 

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