Claims during war are understandably difficult to confirm
when all involved are actively spreading disinformation and propaganda. Therefore,
we should take a skeptic’s approach to what politicians claim. Certainly, according to war correspondent Robert Fisk, we should give no credence to
Cameron’s assertion that there are 70,000 moderate rebels in Syria, explaining
as Fisk does “If
this ghost army existed, it would already have captured Damascus and hurled
Bashar al-Assad from power.”
The war words between Russia and Turkey about Turkey’s tacit
support for ISIS is also shrouded in hard-to-verify allegations but in 2014,
long before the shooting down of the Russian jet, an American university presented a paper
about Turkey’s relationship with ISIS. Let us not overlook that this is one of the nations Cameron wishes us to co-operate with, along with the extremist Wahaabi extremists of head-chopping Saudi Arabia who too are accused of financing and supplying ISIS.
Military Equipment to ISIS
• An ISIS
commander told The Washington Post on August 12, 2014: "Most of the
fighters who joined us in the beginning of the war came via Turkey, and so did
our equipment and supplies."
Kiliçdaroglu, head of the Republican People's Party (CHP), produced a statement
from the Adana Office of the Prosecutor on October 14, 2014 maintaining that
Turkey supplied weapons to terror groups. He also produced interview
transcripts from truck drivers who delivered weapons to the groups. According
to Kiliçdaroglu, the Turkish government claims the trucks were for humanitarian
aid to the Turkmen, but the Turkmen said no humanitarian aid was delivered.
to CHP Vice President Bulent Tezcan, three trucks were stopped in Adana for
inspection on January 19, 2014. The trucks were loaded with weapons in Esenboga
Airport in Ankara. The drivers drove the trucks to the border, where a MIT
agent was supposed to take over and drive the trucks to Syria to deliver
materials to ISIS and groups in Syria. This happened many times. When the
trucks were stopped, MIT agents tried to keep the inspectors from looking
inside the crates. The inspectors found rockets, arms, and ammunitions.
reports that Fuat Avni, a preeminent Twitter user who reported on the December
17th corruption probe, that audio tapes confirm that Turkey provided financial
and military aid to terrorist groups associated with Al Qaeda on October 12,
2014. On the tapes, Erdogan pressured the Turkish Armed Forces to go to war
with Syria. Erdogan demanded that Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey's National
Intelligence Agency (MIT), come up with a justification for attacking Syria.
• Hakan Fidan
told Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Yasar Guler, a senior defense official,
and Feridun Sinirlioglu, a senior foreign affairs official: "If need be,
I'll send 4 men into Syria. I'll formulate a reason to go to war by shooting 8
rockets into Turkey; I'll have them attack the Tomb of Suleiman Shah."
surfaced on September 19th, 2014 showing that the Saudi Emir Bender Bin Sultan
financed the transportation of arms to ISIS through Turkey. A flight leaving
Germany dropped off arms in the Etimesgut airport in Turkey, which was then
split into three containers, two of which were given to ISIS and one to Gaza.
Transport and Logistical Assistance to ISIS Fighters
to Radikal on June 13, 2014, Interior Minister Muammar Guler signed a
directive: "According to our regional gains, we will help al-Nusra
militants against the branch of PKK terrorist organization, the PYD, within our
borders...Hatay is a strategic location for the mujahideen crossing from within
our borders to Syria. Logistical support for Islamist groups will be increased,
and their training, hospital care, and safe passage will mostly take place in
Hatay...MIT and the Religious Affairs Directorate will coordinate the placement
of fighters in public accommodations."
• The Daily
Mail reported on August 25, 2014 that many foreign militants joined ISIS in
Syria and Iraq after traveling through Turkey, but Turkey did not try to stop
them. This article describes how foreign militants, especially from the UK, go
to Syria and Iraq through the Turkish border. They call the border the
"Gateway to Jihad." Turkish army soldiers either turn a blind eye and
let them pass, or the jihadists pay the border guards as little as $10 to
facilitate their crossing.
Sky News obtained documents showing that the Turkish government has stamped
passports of foreign militants seeking to cross the Turkey border into Syria to
• The BBC
interviewed villagers, who claim that buses travel at night, carrying jihadists
to fight Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq, not the Syrian Armed Forces.
• A senior
Egyptian official indicated on October 9, 2014 that Turkish intelligence is
passing satellite imagery and other data to ISIS.
Training to ISIS Fighters
• CNN Turk
reported on July 29, 2014 that in the heart of Istanbul, places like Duzce and
Adapazari, have become gathering spots for terrorists. There are religious
orders where ISIS militants are trained. Some of these training videos are
posted on the Turkish ISIS propaganda website takvahaber.net. According to CNN
Turk, Turkish security forces could have stopped these developments if they had
• Turks who
joined an affiliate of ISIS were recorded at a public gathering in Istanbul,
which took place on July 28, 2014.
• A video
shows an ISIS affiliate holding a prayer/gathering in Omerli, a district of
Istanbul. In response to the video, CHP Vice President, MP Tanrikulu submitted
parliamentary questions to the Minister of the Interior, Efkan Ala, asking
questions such as, "Is it true that a camp or camps have been allocated to
an affiliate of ISIS in Istanbul? What is this affiliate? Who is it made up of?
Is the rumor true that the same area allocated for the camp is also used for
Kiliçdaroglu warned the AKP government not to provide money and training to
terror groups on October 14, 2014. He said, "It isn't right for armed
groups to be trained on Turkish soil. You bring foreign fighters to Turkey, put
money in their pockets, guns in their hands, and you ask them to kill Muslims
in Syria. We told them to stop helping ISIS. Ahmet Davutoglu asked us to show
proof. Everyone knows that they're helping ISIS." (See HERE and HERE.)
to Jordanian intelligence, Turkey trained ISIS militants for special
Turkey Offers Medical
Care to ISIS Fighters
• An ISIS
commander told the Washington Post on August 12, 2014, "We used to have
some fighters -- even high-level members of the Islamic State -- getting
treated in Turkish hospitals."
reported on October 12, 2014 that Dengir Mir Mehmet Fırat, a founder of the
AKP, said that Turkey supported terrorist groups and still supports them and
treats them in hospitals. "In order to weaken the developments in Rojova
(Syrian Kurdistan), the government gave concessions and arms to extreme
religious groups...the government was helping the wounded. The Minister of
Health said something such as, it's a human obligation to care for the ISIS
to Taraf, Ahmet El H, one of the top commanders at ISIS and Al Baghdadi's right
hand man, was treated at a hospital in Sanliurfa, Turkey, along with other ISIS
militants. The Turkish state paid for their treatment. According to Taraf's
sources, ISIS militants are being treated in hospitals all across southeastern
Turkey. More and more militants have been coming in to be treated since the
start of airstrikes in August. To be more specific, eight ISIS militants were
transported through the Sanliurfa border crossing; these are their names:
"Mustafa A., Yusuf El R., Mustafa H., Halil El M., Muhammet El H., Ahmet
El S., Hasan H., [and] Salim El D."
Turkey Supports ISIS
Financially Through Purchase of Oil
September 13, 2014, The New York Times reported on the Obama administration's
efforts to pressure Turkey to crack down on ISIS extensive sales network for
oil. James Phillips, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, argues that
Turkey has not fully cracked down on ISIS's sales network because it benefits
from a lower price for oil, and that there might even be Turks and government
officials who benefit from the trade.
Taştekin wrote in Radikal on September 13, 2014 about illegal pipelines
transporting oil from Syria to nearby border towns in Turkey. The oil is sold
for as little as 1.25 liras per liter. Taştekin indicated that many of these
illegal pipelines were dismantled after operating for 3 years, once his article
to Diken and OdaTV, David Cohen, a Justice Department official, says that there
are Turkish individuals acting as middlemen to help sell ISIS's oil through
• On October
14, 2014, a German Parliamentarian from the Green Party accused Turkey of
allowing the transportation of arms to ISIS over its territory, as well as the
sale of oil.
Turkey Assists ISIS
Kiliçdaroğlu claimed on October 14, 2014 that ISIS offices in Istanbul and
Gaziantep are used to recruit fighters. On October 10, 2014, the mufti of Konya
said that 100 people from Konya joined ISIS 4 days ago. (See HERE and HERE.)
reports that Takva Haber serves as a propaganda outlet for ISIS to recruit
Turkish-speaking individuals in Turkey and Germany. The address where this
propaganda website is registered corresponds to the address of a school called
Irfan Koleji, which was established by Ilim Yayma Vakfi, a foundation that was
created by Erdogan and Davutoglu, among others. It is thus claimed that the
propaganda site is operated from the school of the foundation started by AKP
• Minister of
Sports, Suat Kilic, an AKP member, visited Salafi jihadists who are ISIS
supporters in Germany. The group is known for reaching out to supporters via
free Quran distributions and raising funds to sponsor suicide attacks in Syria
and Iraq by raising money.
released a video allegedly showing ISIS militants riding a bus in Istanbul.
Turkish Forces Are
Fighting Alongside ISIS
• On October
7, 2014, IBDA-C, a militant Islamic organization in Turkey, pledged support to
ISIS. A Turkish friend who is a commander in ISIS suggests that Turkey is
"involved in all of this" and that "10,000 ISIS members will
come to Turkey." A Huda-Par member at the meeting claims that officials
criticize ISIS but in fact sympathize with the group (Huda-Par, the "Free
Cause Party", is a Kurdish Sunni fundamentalist political party). BBP
member claims that National Action Party (MHP) officials are close to embracing
ISIS. In the meeting, it is asserted that ISIS militants come to Turkey
frequently to rest, as though they are taking a break from military service. They
claim that Turkey will experience an Islamic revolution, and Turks should be
ready for jihad. (See HERE and HERE.)
Hersh maintains in the London Review of Books that ISIS conducted sarin attacks
in Syria, and that Turkey was informed. "For months there had been acute
concern among senior military leaders and the intelligence community about the
role in the war of Syria's neighbors, especially Turkey. Prime Minister Recep
Erdogan was known to be supporting the al-Nusra Front, a jihadist faction among
the rebel opposition, as well as other Islamist rebel groups. 'We knew there
were some in the Turkish government,' a former senior US intelligence official,
who has access to current intelligence, told me, 'who believed they could get
Assad's nuts in a vice by dabbling with a sarin attack inside Syria - and
forcing Obama to make good on his red line threat."
September 20, 2014, Demir Celik, a Member of Parliament with the people's
democratic party (HDP) claimed that Turkish Special Forces fight with ISIS.
Turkey Helped ISIS in
Battle for Kobani
Moslem, Mayor of Kobani, said on September 19, 2014: "Based on the
intelligence we got two days before the breakout of the current war, trains
full of forces and ammunition, which were passing by north of Kobane, had
an-hour-and-ten-to-twenty-minute-long stops in these villages: Salib Qaran,
Gire Sor, Moshrefat Ezzo. There are evidences, witnesses, and videos about
this. Why is ISIS strong only in Kobane's east? Why is it not strong either in
its south or west? Since these trains stopped in villages located in the east
of Kobane, we guess they had brought ammunition and additional force for the
ISIS." In the second article on September 30, 2014, a CHP delegation
visited Kobani, where locals claimed that everything from the clothes ISIS
militants wear to their guns comes from Turkey. (See HERE and HERE.)
• Released by
Nuhaber, a video shows Turkish military convoys carrying tanks and ammunition
moving freely under ISIS flags in the Cerablus region and Karkamis border
crossing (September 25, 2014). There are writings in Turkish on the trucks.
Muslim, PYD head, claims that 120 militants crossed into Syria from Turkey
between October 20th and 24th, 2014.
to an op-ed written by a YPG commander in The New York Times on October 29,
2014, Turkey allows ISIS militants and their equipment to pass freely over the
reported, "ISIS fighters crossed the border from Turkey into Syria, over
the Turkish train tracks that delineate the border, in full view of Turkish
soldiers. They were met there by PYD fighters and stopped."
• A Kurdish
commander in Kobani claims that ISIS militants have Turkish entry stamps on
trying to join the battle in Kobani are turned away by Turkish police at the
released a photograph of a Turkish soldier befriending ISIS militants.
Turkey and ISIS Share
• RT reports
on Vice President Joe Biden's remarks detailing Turkish support to ISIS.
to the Hurriyet Daily News on September 26, 2014, "The feelings of the
AKP's heavyweights are not limited to Ankara. I was shocked to hear words of
admiration for ISIL from some high-level civil servants even in Şanliurfa.
'They are like us, fighting against seven great powers in the War of
Independence,' one said." "Rather than the [Kurdistan Workers' Party]
PKK on the other side, I would rather have ISIL as a neighbor," said
Candar, a well-respected Turkish journalist, maintained that MIT helped
"midwife" the Islamic state in Iraq and Syria, as well as other
• An AKP
council member posted on his Facebook page: "Thankfully ISIS exists... May
you never run out of ammunition..."
• A Turkish
Social Security Institution supervisor uses the ISIS logo in internal
Erdogan and Turkish officials meet alleged ISIS fighters.
Again, Robert Fisk offers us some sanity:
“We are not “at war”. Isis can massacre our innocents, but
it is not invading us. Isis is not about to capture Paris or London – as we and
the Americans captured Baghdad and Mosul in 2003. No. What Isis intends to do
is to persuade us to destroy ourselves. Isis wants us to hate our Muslim
minorities. It wants civil war in France between the elite and its
disenfranchised Muslims, most of them of Algerian origin. It wants the Belgians
to hate their Muslims. It wants us Brits to hate our Muslims. Isis must have
been outraged by the thousands of fine Europeans who welcomed with love the
million Muslim refugees who reached Germany. The Muslims should have been
heading towards the new Caliphate – not running away from it. So now it wishes
to turn us against the refugees.
Isis was quick to understand a truth the West must now
To achieve this, it must implicate hundreds of thousands of
innocent Muslim refugees in its atrocities. It must force our EU nations to
introduce States of Emergency, suspend civil liberties, raid the homes of
Muslims. It wishes to destroy the European Union itself. It wishes to strike at
the heart of the European ideal by liquidating the very foundation of the
union: by persuading us to tear up the Schengen agreement and to close our
frontiers. And we are doing exactly that. Are we, in some auto-panic, actually
working for Isis? If that gruesome institution did not ban alcohol, their
members would be toasting with champagne our political leaders for their
vacuity, their sophistry, the abject fear with which they now regularly try to
inject us under the dangerous old cry of “Unify the nation”.”