Mohammad Riad Shaqfa, a leader of Syria's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, said, Thursday, that the Syrian people would accept military intervention by Turkey, rather than Western countries, in the Damascus government's violent repression of dissent. Shaqfa told a news conference in Istanbul, "If the international community procrastinates then more is required from Turkey as a neighbor to be more serious than other countries to handle this regime." He added, "If other interventions are required, such as air protection, because of the regime's intransigence, then the people will accept Turkish intervention. They do not want Western intervention."
Shaqfa said that the international community could isolate the government of President Bashar Al-Assad by removing its diplomats from Damascus. He also praised the Free Syrian Army, led by defecting troops, for its attack, Wednesday, on a base near Damascus.