An excerpt from, "Turkey asks Berlin to step up military involvement in Syria" by AFP, January 16, 2016:
Berlin (AFP) - Germany must step up its involvement in Syria if it wants to stem the flow of refugees into Europe, Turkey's deputy prime minister Mehmet Simsek in remarks to German daily Die Welt on Saturday.
"If Germany and others want to stop the influx of refugees, they must stop the bombings by Syrian and Russian forces against the Syrian opposition," Simsek said, speaking days after 10 German tourists were killed in a suicide attack in Turkey.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for talks next Friday, with discussions to centre on the Istanbul attack and the flow of migrants to Europe.
"The origin of terror in Syria is the chaos on the ground, which was caused by the Syrian regime's refusal to authorise democratic reform and the existence of an opposition," Simsek said.
Regarding the fight against the Islamic State group, which has been blamed for the Istanbul attack, Simsek said: "No one can pretend we aren't doing anything."
The Russians and Syrians are hitting ISIS, not the Syrian opposition, which, sadly, still doesn't exist all these years later. So that's lie number one. And it is a fact that the Turkish government is not only not doing anything to stop the growth of ISIS, but it is actively and openly encouraging the spread of this virus in Syria and Iraq along with its regional and international partners.