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From the 2014 NATO Summit in Wales

Turkey’s secret pact with Islamic State exposed by operative behind wave of ISIS attacks

The elephant in NATO’s room: state-sponsorship of Daesh

Nafeez Ahmed
Jul 22, 2016 · 12 min read

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New evidence has emerged that the Turkish government under President Erdogan is covertly providing direct military, financial and logistical support to ISIS, even while claiming to fight the terror network.

Turkish spies thwart Turkish cops

The source, Savas Yildiz, was captured by the YPG during the ISIS attack on the Kurdish province of Gire Spi (Tel Abyad) in Syria.

ISIS freedom of movement sanctioned by Turkish state

In an interview with ANHA, the confessed terrorist said that leading Turkish ISIS members move freely between Turkey and Syria because some of them are working for Turkish intelligence.

“There is an agreement between Turkey and ISIS. Turkey supports ISIS because it poses a threat to Kurds and they can use it against them.”

He confirmed that the Turkish military had open lines of communication with ISIS as early as the terror group’s invasion of Mosul in Iraq in June 2014:

“… when Mosul was first captured, around 50 people were held captive in the Turkish consulate. They opened all roads for us because our guys had the captives. They gave us all kinds of freedom of movement. Those captives were exchanged with Turkey releasing 100 of our friends.”

According to Yildiz, Turkey’s primary goal in supporting ISIS is to use the group as a geopolitical bulwark against the rising political and military power of Kurdish groups:

“The Turkish state and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan supports us solely because they are against Kurds. It’s not because he’s affectionate towards us or anything. Because he has no relation to Islam. He wouldn’t support us for a day if we didn’t fight against the Kurds.”

The ISIS operative also explained that Daesh’s strategic priority is to overthrow Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria — other targets in Turkey, the US and Iraq, for instance, are secondary priorities:

Erdogan’s ‘deep complicity’

Ahmet Yayla, former counter-terrorism and crime prevention chief for the Turkish National Police between 2010 and 2014, had direct experience of operations on the Turkish-Syria border.

“Despite Erdogan’s claims that he is fighting ISIS, evidence indicates that he has been, and continues to be, deeply complicit in allowing ISIS to transport, not just recruits via Turkey, but also weapons and supplies. These chilling facts have been confirmed over and again during our ISIS defector interviews. A former emir told us that ISIS had been able to construct thousands of propane tank bombs from supplies they brought in through Turkey.”

Yayla and Speckhard argue that Erdogan “needs ISIS as a tool to quell the PKK, the Kurdish rebel forces that are anti-Turkish rule, anti-Erdogan, and anti-ISIS.”

“The distinctions they draw [with other opposition groups] are thin indeed,” said the official. “There is no doubt at all that they militarily cooperate with both.”

Several other ISIS defectors have confirmed that ISIS field captains and commanders in Syria were in direct contact with “Turkish officials”, as there was “full cooperation with the Turks.”

Turkey’s ally Jordan, accuses Erdogan of sending ISIS to Europe

But perhaps the most damning assessment was made by one of Erdogan’s own allies, King Abdullah of Jordan, who told a meeting of senior Congressional representatives in Washington DC in January that Turkey was deliberately encouraging ISIS to dispatch terrorists across the border into Europe, to carry out terrorist attacks.

“The fact that terrorists are going to Europe is part of Turkish policy and Turkey keeps on getting a slap on the hand, but they are let off the hook”, the Jordanian king reportedly told the meeting.

The Congressional debrief was attended by the chairmen and members of the Senate Intelligence, Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, including Senators John McCain and Bob Corker, and Senators Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid, the Senate Majority and Minority leaders respectively.

NATO on holiday while one if its members sponsors ISIS

INSURGE intelligence contacted NATO for comment and was told by a spokesperson that the alliance would respond “soon.”

“Yesterday was a national holiday and many people are away today. We will answer your query in the next week.”

That’s how to fight the ‘war on Daesh.’

Under Erdogan, Daesh is metastasising

The danger to Europe due to Turkey’s escalating support to ISIS was further highlighted in the aftermath of the failed military coup against Erdogan’s presidency. Erdogan has responded by launching his own counter-coup against Turkey’s democratic institutions.

“Just as this coup attempt has emboldened the AKP, its allies and the nationalists, it has also radicalised the sectarian nationalist circles close to the AKP. This will lead to a new breed of Turkish ISIS-like formations, such as Osmanli Ocaklari, a paramilitary group organised by Erdogan himself.”

The KNC also warns that Osmanli Ocaklari is both reaching out to ISIS while developing connections across Europe: “They are already organising in European countries; links between them and ISIS are already being discussed. These sectarian nationalist trends will further radicalise and become repressive forces against any opposition to the AKP.”

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