TURKEY PRES­I­DENT RAPS U.S., RUS­SIA, IRAN FOR PRES­ENCE IN SYRIA

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IS­TAN­BUL—Turkey’s pres­i­dent has crit­i­cized the United States, Rus­sia and Iran for their pres­ence in Syria and said their un­will­ing­ness to de­pose Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al- As­sad was con­tribut­ing to Syr­i­ans’ pain. Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan was ad­dress­ing a rally on Sun­day, mark­ing the 563rd an­niver­sary of the Ot­toman con­quest of Con­stantino­ple— present- day Is­tan­bul. Er­do­gan said: “What busi­ness have Rus­sia and Iran [ in Syria]? What busi­ness do the US sol­diers dressed up with the so- called patches of a ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tion have there?” He was re­fer­ring to images that sur­faced this week show­ing Amer­i­can troops wear­ing the in­signia of Syr­ian mili­tia, which Turkey con­sid­ers to be a ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tion be­cause of its links to Turkey’s out­lawed Kur­dish rebels. US of­fi­cials said the sol­diers weren’t au­tho­rized to wear the patches.

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