“Turkey has always been consistent and determined in its fight against the terrorist organizations in Syria. When it comes to the U.S., there are two main theories: either the U.S. supports Daesh or has been duped by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, which has been using Daesh as a tool. Both of these theories prove that the U.S. in incapable of solving the issue and has become a problem itself,” Aktay said in an appearance on Turkish channel TVNET.”To me, Daesh is a pretext for the U.S. as Washington indeed wants have support behind it,” Aktay said.
He emphasized the importance of Turkey and Russia’s roles to end the crisis in the Middle East.
‘West should mind its own business’
Aktay also recalled Turkey’s concerns about the status of Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) leader Fetullah Gülen, who the U.S. has not extradited to Turkey despite his role in the July 15 coup attempt that targeted the democratically elected government of Turkey.
“Turkey sent 84 boxes of evidence. But they didn’t even open the boxes and claimed that they didn’t have any evidence,” he said.
Aktay also criticized Western countries that have been expressing concerns about what they call human rights violations in Turkey while the country is fighting against terrorist organizations such as FETÖ, Daesh and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
“Now Western countries are in great pain in terms of human rights violations, particularly following the July 15 coup attempt. Instead of calling on Turkey to respect human rights, they should mind their own business,” he said.
Turkey has been conducting an extensive investigation into FETÖ following the coup attempt.
Tens of thousands of people have been arrested in the ensuing investigation into the coup attempt, which Turkey blames on the terrorist organization headed by Gülen.
The investigation has also led to a sweeping purge of the military, civil service, police and judiciary, with tens of thousands people also removed from public duty in the post-coup purges.