The Syrian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood Party released an official statement on February 28, in which it called on Turkey to occupy northeastern Syria and establish a “safe zone” there.
“The safe zone will not be safe unless it is sponsored by the country that has been the supporter, the cover and backer of all weak and afraid men, women and children since the beginning of the revolution of freedom and dignity,” the Islamic party said in its official statement that was filled with words glorifying Turkey and its President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Most of northeastern Syria is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which captured the region from ISIS with direct support from the US-led coalition. Turkey considers the Kurdish-dominated group a threat to its national security.
In their statement, the Muslim Brotherhood Party rejected any involvement of Russia, Iran, the Damascus government, Kurdish forces or the U.S. in the establishment in the safe zone and accused them of committing crimes against the Syrian people.
Damascus banned the Muslim Brotherhood in 1963. A decade later, the party began assassinating officers, officials, doctors, scientists and even college professors in an attempt to overthrow the Syrian regime.
The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Party is also believed to be responsible for a series of bombings that hit the Syrian capital of Damascus in the 80s. One of the attacks targeted the “blue building,” a residential complex for the families of Soviet military advisors.
Currently, the party is mainly backed by Turkey and Qatar, where most of its leadership are located. Despite receiving massive supports from these countries, the Muslim Brotherhood is not popular in Syria, even within the Islamic wing of the Syrian opposition.
Syria and many other Arab countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, recognize the global command of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. These countries are also engaged in several activities to counter the party’s influence in many Arab countries.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s statement on northeastern Syria is an example of its constant attempts to strengthen the Turkish influence in the war-torn country.