As Syrian rebels squeezed in Aleppo, Turkish backers' eyes are elsewhere

November 29, 2016 18:46

ISTANBUL- Time was that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan dedicated large parts of his speeches to condemning Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad for atrocities against his people, calling for his ouster and urging greater support for the rebels fighting him.

Now, as Syrian government forces capture swathes of eastern Aleppo, threatening to crush the opposition in its most important urban stronghold, Assad and the battle for what was once Syria's biggest city get little more than passing mention.NATO member Turkey has been one of the main backers of Syria's rebels since early in the near six-year war.

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