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Turkey’s Secret Pact with Islamic State Exposed by Operative Behind Wave of ISIS Attacks

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  • Turkey’s Secret Pact with Islamic State Exposed by Operative Behind Wave of ISIS Attacks
    by Nafeez Ahmed,  
    The elephant in NATO’s room: state-sponsorship of Daesh
    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.

    The evidence comes in the form of testimony from an ISIS terrorist captured by Kurdish fighters, widely recognised as the most effective force confronting ISIS on the ground.

    The testimony has been reported by two Kurdish news agencies, the Syrian-Kurdish Harwar News Agency (ANHA) based in Rojava, and the Turkish-Kurdish Ajansa Nûçeyan a Firatê (Firat News Agency or ANF News). The latter’s head office is based in Amsterdam.

    Websites of both news agencies are blocked in Turkey.
    Interviews with the ISIS fighter, captured by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), reveal that Turkish military and security forces are facilitating ISIS operations within Syria, as well as ISIS terrorist attacks inside Turkey.

    The new testimony corroborates similar claims made by other former and active ISIS members, as well as Western and Middle East intelligence sources.

    Yet Turkey is a leading member of the NATO alliance. And while the Western members of NATO have gathered mounting intelligence confirming Turkey’s sponsorship of ISIS, they have refused to act on this intelligence.

    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. Blacked out in the Turkish and international press, Yildiz’s capture by the YPG is a significant counter-terrorist success.

    A Turkish national who joined a jihadist group in Syria in 2014, Yildiz was the prime suspect in the twin bombings of the headquarters of one of the main opposition parties in Turkey, the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP). The bombings occured at HDP offices in Adana and Mersin in May 2015.

    Yildiz went on to participate in a string of further terror strikes in Turkey. But he was also originally a prime suspect in the ISIS bombing in Istanbul in March 2016, which killed four and injured 39 civilians. Turkish authorities at first assumed that Yildiz was the suicide bomber in that attack, but police quickly identified the actual bomber as Mehmet Ozturk.

    Both Ozturk and Yildiz were known to Turkish security forces as ISIS operatives. The authorities had put out a dragnet for Yildiz in October 2015, believing he, Ozturk, and two other ISIS operatives — Haci Ali Durmaz and Yunus Durmaz — had re-entered Turkey from Syria to carry out terror attacks.

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