Nov. 8, 2019
Uncovering Turkish President Erdogan’s Ties to ISIS – Kenneth R. Timmerman
Since 2012, the Turkish intelligence service MIT, under the direction of Turkish President Erdogan, has been providing material assistance to ISIS, while Turkish border officials turned a blind eye to ISIS recruits flowing across Turkey into Syria and Iraq. Scores of ISIS fighters captured by Kurdish forces in northern Syria showed Turkish exit stamps on their passports, and otherwise boasted of the direct assistance they had received from Turkish authorities.
In 2016, Wikileaks published emails documenting the involvement of Erdogan’s son-in-law, Berat Albayrak, in helping ISIS market oil stolen from Syria and Iraq. Sumeyye Erdogan, the president’s daughter, reportedly set up an entire medical corps including a hospital to treat wounded ISIS fighters in Turkey close to the Syrian border. ISIS evacuated severely wounded fighters across the border in Turkish army trucks. (New York Post)