Assad says Erdoğan is U.S. pawn and Brotherhood member

Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and an employee of the United States, Kurd-aligned ANHA Hawar news reported.

In a speech, Assad used the word “Ikhwanji”, meaning a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, to describe Erdoğan, adding, “regardless of the theater of Erdogan, who is trying to appear as the maker of events, he sometimes angers, sometimes erupts and threatens, and, this is a big problem, in fact he is a minor employee of the US”.

Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party is often described as Islamist and has long supported the Muslim Brotherhood. In recent years, many Brotherhood members forced to leave Egypt after the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi have found refuge in Turkey.

Assad stressed that he was the first to call for the buffer zone Turkey now controls, and explained that his government would soon regain complete control of the war-torn country. “Every inch of Syria will be liberated, and any interlocutor and occupier will be considered an enemy,” he said.