Turkey Cumhurriyet reveals links between Turkish military and ISIS
Turkish border officers cooperate with ISIL
telephone calls between a leading figure from the Islamic State in
Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
and several members of the Turkish military reveal cooperation
between ISIL and the Turkish military in letting smugglers cross
a report by a Turkish daily has alleged.
prepared by a prosecutor's office contain a large number of
transcripts of “friendly” telephone communications between
military officers and Mustafa Demir, the ISIL member in charge of
Turkey's Syria border, the Cumhuriyet daily
said on Monday.
prosecutor's documents reportedly say Turkish military officers also
met with Demir on the border. The ISIL leader is indicated in the
documents as the person behind the transportation of bombs from Syria
transcripts and the documents in the investigation revealed that
Demir received money -- purportedly for zakat [alms] -- from
smugglers at the border and cooperated with the officers as far as
[border] crossings are concerned,” the report stated.
Turkish government has long been accused by the opposition of turning
a blind eye to ISIL's activities in Turkey as well as of having
helped ISIL in fighting against the Syrian government.
to the report, the documents in question are from a file in an
ongoing court case on ISIL at the Ankara 3rd High Criminal Court.
issues alleged in the case came to light because of an investigation
launched following information given by six Turkish citizens whose
relatives joined ISIL, the report said.
the application by the relatives, monitoring of the communications of
19 people started, and a prosecutor named Derda Gökmen reportedly
filed a claim against 27 suspects.
who is currently in Syria, and İlhami Balı, another leading ISIL
figure, are among the suspects, the daily said.
Balı is the person who gave the order for Turkey's deadliest ever
suicide bomb attack in Ankara in October of last year, the report
said Demir had also previously come to public attention due to his
close links to Balı.
to the report, the prosecutor, on the grounds that the transcripts
also indicated a crime other than the one he was pursuing, launched
yet another investigation on the link between ISIL terrorists and the
prosecutor then reportedly, due to legal incompetence, referred the
new investigation file to the prosecutor's office of the Gaziantep
5th Armored Brigade Command.
report also said the Ankara Chief Prosecutor's Office had previously
claimed, after some reports appeared in media outlets such as
Cumhuriyet, that the phone calls are between military officers and
smugglers, not ISIL members.
are transcripts of some phone calls Demir reportedly had with members
of the Turkish military based on the investigation file.
Nov. 25, 2014; 8:26 p.m.
that you, the ones with a torch?
with a little torch, where are you big brother? At the place where I
told you to be?
We also saw you, your men…
it possible for you to arrange that I talk with the commander here,
regarding the business here? What if we could establish a contact
here as we helped you...
If there are any needs [as far as your request is concerned], [tell
them] to inform me here.
it will be enough to contact you [to settle the issue], no problem.
pass this now. I have two military posts [at the border] there. If
worse comes to worst, I'll tell that to the commander of the station
and have him take a look…
made by the telephone registered in the name of A.B.
where you gave [him] the vehicle, we are in the mine [field]. We've
put on a light. We have stuff; come here from that side, the men are
big brother, [I'm] coming.
urgently; I'm in the mine [field] with a torch. Come running.
big brother, is it the place where I gave First Lieutenant Burak a
just a little further down from that place. Our two vehicles are on
the Turkish side [of the border].