The Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad told Belarus’ ONT News Agency this week that the Islamic State (ISIL), Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate), and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan all uphold the same “terrorist doctrine.”
“In fact, we cannot separate all these groups. ISIL and al-Nusra have the same Wahhabi ideology and the same terrorist doctrine. ISIS, al-Nusra, and Erdogan – who is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood – Al Saud, and Al Thani in Qatar uphold the same doctrine,” the Syrian President told ONT News Agency.
“All these groups have something in common which is the extremist Wahhabi ideology. And all of them are instruments in the hands of the United States,” Assad added.
Assad continued by accusing the U.S. of using these entities in their war against the Syrian state:
“I’m not saying that they are instruments in the hands of the West, because Western Europe doesn’t practically exist on the political map. Europe implements what America wants, without any objection. All of these groups operate under the American leadership. So, whether we say that they are foreign powers, ISIS and al-Nusra, or others, the director and financier is the same. They are all one group but with different names and different tactics,” Assad concluded.
In the past, Assad has accused Erdogan of being a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer, adding that the Turkish President has facilitated the growth of ISIL and Jabhat Al-Nusra in Syria.