The Center for Strategic Studies (CSI) has published a detailed report on the external relations of the Islamic State terrorist organization (ISIS) and the Turkish state.
A concrete evidence report showed how the Erdogan government played a central role in increasing the financial and military power of ISIS.
The documentation on the relationship between the Turkish state and the Islamic state is based on the evidence of a number of ISIS members and their families, interviews with prisoners, as well as on observations and research conducted by the Center for Contemporary Arts in the archives of the military, security forces and news agencies operating in northeast Syria.
The report reveals aspects of security, military, economic and political relations between them. The most notable feature “is that the Turkish authorities allowed foreign fighters and their families to travel back and forth across the border with Syria, and also turned a blind eye to ISIS in Turkey, intensifying repression against political forces advocating for democracy and human rights. They exerted ISIL’s military and security support was indirectly entered into security agreements, as well as financial and business agreements with ISIS. ”
The report analyzes, first of all, three types of relations between Turkey and the Islamic state: security relations, military relations and financial and trade relations.
The report said: “Obtaining financial and logistical resources for ISIS was no less important than the military activities of ISIS. Thanks to these resources, ISIS purchased various weapons and financed its terrorist operations around the world.
Most ISIS trade was carried out with Turkish private individuals and companies, and this would never have happened if the Turkish authorities had stopped this activity in the bud. Turkey still has martial law and anti-terrorism laws. Because of this, any kind of activity cannot be carried out without prior knowledge of Turkish intelligence about it, especially when buying electronic devices, weapons, oil, etc. ”
ISIS chief recruiter Abu Mansour al-Maghribi spoke about the connections of the terrorist group with Turkish intelligence.
“My duties included contacts of Islamic State militants with Turkish intelligence. Work was carried out at the border. I sent foreign fighters to Turkey. I guarded the border of Syria and Turkey, where they took fighters to a terrorist organization. I watched the admission of militants to the ranks of ISIS * in Tel Abyade, Aleppo, Idlib, on all sections of the Turkish-Syrian border … About 5 thousand people became martyrs. In 2014 and 2015, about 35 thousand foreign fighters joined the ranks of ISIS *, “he told Anne in an interview with HS correspondents Speckhard and Ardian Shaiko VTs.
According to the ISIS recruiter, he had many direct meetings with MIT (National Intelligence Organization of Turkey).
“Some of them were members of the Turkish intelligence, and the other represented the Turkish army. Their teams consisted of 3-5 different groups. Most of our meetings took place in Turkey at military posts and in departmental offices. It all depended on the issue being addressed. As a rule, meetings were held every week near the Syrian border, for example, in Gaziantep. Sometimes we went to Ankara, “the terrorist said, adding that the central office of ISIS was in Aleppo and Raqqa.
Earlier, Czech President Milos Zeman called Turkey an ally of ISIS.
“Why do Turks attack the Kurds? Because they are the actual allies of the Islamic State,” the president said, answering a question from one of the participants in the meeting. “This means that it is Turkey, despite the fact that it is a member of NATO and wants to join to the European Union, to which it is unlikely to be accepted, acted as a mediator in the logistics operations to supply the Islamic State when the terrorist organization occupied a significant part of Syria and Iraq, for example, the export of oil from the occupied terror by territorial truths and the like, “says Zeman.
The head of state recalls that Turkey is “no longer a secular state, but a state that professes Islamic ideology, and it logically follows from this that it stands close to Islamic radicals.”
Turkish President Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have strongly denied any support to terrorists, while many countries see Turkey as a supporter of ISIS.
In early 2014, a scandal erupted on the Syrian border when trucks of the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MİT) carrying weapons were detained