Syria says Turkey sending terrorists to wage war

August 2, 2012 19:23

BEIRUT - Syria accused Turkey on Thursday of playing a "fundamental role" in supporting terrorism by opening its airport and border to al-Qaida and other jihadists to carry out attacks inside Syria.

Once close allies, the two countries' relationship quickly deteriorated as Syrian President Bashar Assad intensified a crackdown in a 17-month-old uprising against his rule.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has called on Assad to leave and Ankara has set up a sprawling refugee camp along the border which houses thousands of Syrian refugees.

Several military officers have defected to Turkey and the nominal commander of the Free Syrian Army, a loosely coordinated group of insurgents fighting Assad's forces, is also based there.

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