"Minutes ago, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad during a press conference in Tunisia, labeling him a ‘terrorist.’
” It’s impossible to work on a solution in Syria with Assad, he is a terrorist leading a state of terror,” Erdogan told the crowd." AMN
Erdogan has been making equivocal noises about Assad for some time. This is probably because of Russian influence. The Russians are continuing their effort to close out the war in Syria with the present Syrian government still in power and a satisfying number of "harvested" jihadis on their score card. Yesterday Turkey and Russia announced a deal for the sale to Turkey of the Russian S-400 SAM system. Perhaps Erdogan thinks that gives him more leverage with the Russians in the Syria peace negotiations.
I suspect that Erdogan's goal is to retain as much of Syria's territory as possible in the areas that the Turks have occupied in the last year. In his imagined role as restorer of the Ottoman Empire such action would have a certain logic. pl