A Syrian government newspaper says the failed coup in Turkey was fabricated and aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the military.
The daily Al-Thawra said Sunday that the attempted coup was a plot by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to “avenge the military and strip it of its remaining popular support.”
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It said police loyal to Erdogan “deliberately humiliated” the army in front of the people.
Erdogan is a strong backer of the insurgents trying to remove President Bashar Assad from power in neighboring Syria. The Syrian government views the rebels as terrorists.