Jemilev against involvement of Crimean Tatars in Syrian war

5 September 2013 15:11
The head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Mustafa Jemilev, considers it necessary to take preventive measures against the Bashar al-Assad regime, but even pinpoint strikes on Syria could lead to casualties. He told this to a Ukrinform reporter, commenting on reports of Crimean Tatars' involvement in Syrian war on the side of rebels. "Bashar al-Assad is much worse than Saddam Hussein. He used chemical weapons against his citizens that even Hitler did not, but I do not welcome even pinpoint strikes on Syria, as it could result in civilian casualties," Jemilev said, adding that somewhat preventive measures against the regime are still needed today. The head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People once again stressed that he opposes the participation of Crimean Tatars in military operations of the Syrian opposition. According to him, the war involves only a handful of his countrymen who have been recruited, most likely, by the radical Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir. "My position is that Crimean Tatars should not participate in any military action outside of Ukraine," Jemilev emphasized.