'Turkey to demand Assad oust brother from military'

Al-Arabiya reports Turkish envoy will bring 'warning letter' to Damascus calling for reform and the removal of Maher Assad from position of power.

assad brothers 311 (photo credit: REUTERS)
assad brothers 311
(photo credit: REUTERS)
A Turkish envoy will travel to Damascus in the coming days to bring a "warning letter" to Syrian President Bashar Assad, telling him to enact reforms and to remove his brother Maher Assad from the command of Syria's Republican Guard and the Fourth Armored Division, Al-Arabiya reported on Saturday. Maher Assad is largely believed to be behind the three-month old violent crackdown on anti-regime protesters.
The Turkish envoy will ask for Assad to grant Syrians freedom to demonstrate, freedom of expression and to lift the ban on political parties, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, according to the report.
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