As well as what his critics argue has been his goal all along : building a new, religious Turkey from the ashes of its secular past.
(This sentence is from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM3Y5WeZysw at 0:52)
I can't figure out how "as well as" used in this sentence. I thought there should be a following or preceding sentence, since "as well as" acts as a conjunction, but it seems like "as well as" acts as an adverb or something. Could somebody explain this sentence?