Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party Islami Party Branch of International Moslem Brotherhood have a well developed reputation for anti-Semitism and anti-Israel policies generally.
But now ties to the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, are emerging. The Jerusalem Post reported one Islamic State members said Turkey, a member of NATO, provided funds for the terrorist groups IISIS and Nusrat al Islam an Al Qaida affiliate.
“Turkey paved the way for us. Had Turkey not shown such understanding for us, the Islamic State would not be in its current place. It [Turkey] showed us affection. Large [numbers] of our mujahedeen received medical treatment in Turkey,” said an Isis man, who was not identified. “We do not have the support of Saudi Arabia, but many Saudi families who believe in jihad do assist us. But anyhow, we will no longer need it, soon,” he said.
“We will build the Islamic state in the territories from Tigris to Jordan and Palestine and to Lebanon. Sunni Law will rule,” he continued.
The terrorists took over Azaz, a key town in Syria near the border of Turkey in September 2013. That is significant because Turkey “vocally supported the fight against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and allowed weapons to cross into Syria on its southern border.” The capture of Azaz allowed easier access to the jihadists. Two months later, CNN featured Turkey’s secret jihadi route to Syria.
Now, ISIS is speaking with Turkey businesses and asking them to return to Iraq.
“Turkish companies have signed major contracts in Iraq, promising to keep their shelves stocked,” said Turkey’s Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci. “Our exports to Iraq are now down to 35%, but Iraq cannot easily substitute other sources. We think there will be a boom in demand soon. We also know that IS is contacting individual Turkish businessmen and telling them, ‘Come back, we won’t interfere.’ That is not easy, of course. But when in the future Iraq is rebuilt, it will be Turkey doing it.” Turkish smugglers are buying cheap Oil from Isis
The Islamic State declared a caliphate in areas of Syria and Iraq. There are no confirmations the Islamic State is involved in the Gaza-Israel conflict, but the group made it known they desire a worldwide caliphate. ISIS was present at an anti-Israel rally in the Netherlands and chanted, “Death to the Jews.” On Wednesday, ISIS said the group will aid Palestine when they are finished in Iraq and Syria.
Turks and militant Sunni organizations, such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). They allege a prominent role for Turkey’s Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), an Islamic charity with a history of assisting extremist group Al Qaida
Erdogan and son Bilal
Bilal Erdogan, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son, has ties to the IHH board, and allegedly uses his father’s political network to raise funds for the organization. Some sources say Bilal has serves on the IHH board.he hel;ps channels Arab funds from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to Jihadis, AL Qaida and Isis
Cengiz Candar, one of Turkey’s most respected journalists recently wrote that Turkey’s Intelligence Agency (MIT) was the “midwife” that helped birth the Sunni armed movement ISIS. Beginning in 2012, according to Candar, Turkey provided weapons and logistical support to jihadis from Al Qaida fighting the Syrian regime and to abort the birth of an autonomous Kurdistan in Syria.Isis is now fighting Syria’s Kurd along the border with Turkey
Major contributors to Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party are “encouraged” to make contributions, lest they fall from favor and lose government contracts. IHH also receives money from international sponsors.
Prince of Qatar
IHH is financed by Prince Tamim Of Qatar, Yasin Al-Qadi, a wealthy al Qaeda-linked Saudi businessman with close ties to Erdogan. IHH is an affiliate of the Saudi-based “Union of Good.” Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi,The Moslem Brotherhood Spiritual leader an advocate of suicide attacks in Israel, chairs the “Union of Good.” Abdul Majid al-Zindani, a radical cleric and “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” by the United States in 2004, serves on its board. In 2010, the German branch of IHH was banned for links to jihadist activity. The U.S. Department of State listed the Union of Good as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).
Israel banned IHH in 2008 for money laundering funds to Hamas. IHH became known to the international community for organizing the 2010 Gaza flotilla, a stunt to draw attention to the plight of Palestinians and provoke the Israeli Defense Forces. They al;so support Beit Al Makidis Terrorists in Egypt.
President Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu tried to diversify Turkey’s alliances in the Middle relying on Muslim Brotherhood chapters around the region and surrogates like IHH. From the West, Turkey looks like a Middle Eastern country. But from the Middle East, Turkey appears decidedly Western. Erdogan’s outreach to ISIS was a fool’s errand. Turkey thought it could control ISIS, but Erdogan was mistaken.
Former President and seven-time Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel said, “It is fundamental principle that there is one state. In our country there are two.” He was referring to the so-called “Deep State,” a shadowy network of bureaucrats, intelligence and security officials, and members of organized crime who are involved in arms and drug smuggling and have a history of targeted killings and political assassinations. With Erdogan’s knowledge, the ISIS gravy train continued.
An IHH truck was stopped by the gendarmerie near Adana in Hatay on January 31, 2014. It was loaded with arms and ammunition headed for Syria. The Hatay public prosecutor tried to launch an investigation, but was blocked. When he filed a criminal complaint alleging obstruction of justice by Turkey’s Interior Minister and MIT, he was dismissed. Police who stopped the vehicle were fired. The Hatay governor said the operation was a “state secret.”
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Ammunition was also found on two passenger buses heading to Syria. Officers from the anti-terrorism branch of the Adana Police Department released photos of ammunition on the buses to the media. They, too, were fired.
Members of Turkey’s parliament allege that the government still supports ISIS — facilitating their travel at border crossings between Turkey and Syria, providing truckloads of weapons, and offering health care at Turkish state hospitals to wounded warriors.
Parliamentarians wrote President Erdogan asking for an official explanation of government ties to ISIS, and its knowledge about IHH activities. The letters were conveyed through Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek. The government did not respond.
Deputies report the steady flow of unmarked trucks in Adana, Kilis, Gaziantep, and Kayseri — towns near the border with Syria. They believe the trucks are transporting weapons. Residents of Kilis describe routine interaction between Turkish officials on one side of the border and ISIS on the other.
According to a Turkish doctor, Turkish ambulances deliver war-wounded to Turkish hospitals on the border with Syria. They have no papers or identification. The Ministry of Health covers their expenses. The notorious ISIS commander, Abu Muhammed, was photographed receiving treatment at Hatay State Hospital in April 2014.
Not all ISIS fighters are foreign fighters. About 10 percent are Turkish citizens, according to a well-known Turkish scholar.
On Sunday, Turkish security forces blocked Kurds from crossing the border from Turkey into Syria, triggering violent clashes and fresh accusations of cooperation between Turkey and ISIS. Referring to Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Zubeyde Zumrut, a Kurdish politician from Diyarbakir, Turkey’s main Kurdish city, told a rally on Sunday that “ISIS equals AKP and AKP equals ISIS.”