NATO MEMBER TURKEY IN BED WITH ISIS
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
When Suleiman the Magnificent led the Ottoman army into Baghdad in the 16th century he was finally confirmed as the leader of the Sunni Islamic world. Much has changed since, except that modern day Turkey is still a Sunni stronghold and will continue to support and protect the aims of the evil ISIS.
Tony Abbott’s faith in Turkey’s President Erdogan to provide security for the Gallipoli pilgrimage could be dangerously misplaced. Turkey has so far done everything it can to ensure the success of ISIS. (Pictured, known ISIS terrorists freely commute on an Ankara subway.)
Turkey stood by and watched the pivotal battle of Kobane, shooting fleeing civilians who tried to traverse their porous border.
Turkey refused the US the use of its airfields to attack ISIS, forcing Australian air-tankers to refuel coalition fighter jets mid-air multiple times.
Turkey supports the ISIS caliphate by purchasing any captured Iraqi oil at discounted prices. It is in continuous contact, co-ordinating assaults with ISIS headquarters in Al Raqqa in northern Syria.
Turkey continues to supply weapons and ammunition to ISIS in its battle with the Kurdish Peshmergas and the Leftist PKK who the Turks have sworn to “ethnically cleanse” from its southern borders.
On November 7 last year, "Newsweek" headlined that, “ISIS Sees Turkey as Its Ally” and, “Former Islamic State Member Reveals Turkish Army Cooperation.” The article was based on testimony by a former ISIS communications technician who now goes by the name Sherko Omer.
Omer had travelled to Syria to fight against the brutal Assad regime but soon found himself caught up in a horrifying sectarian war and unable to escape. Omer feared for his life, knowing full well what ISIS does to defectors.
Omer finally managed to escape by surrendering to Kurdish forces and subsequently detailed to "Newsweek" what he saw during his time with ISIS.
He notes that in February this year, Turkey allowed ISIS trucks from its Al Raqqa stronghold in Syria to cross the border through to Turkey and then back across the border again to attack Kurds in the city of Serekaniye in northern Syria.
He later adds that, “not only did they travel through Turkey in a convoy of trucks, they even stayed at safe houses along the way.”
As a communication technician, Omer recalls he was, “connecting ISIS field captains and commanders with Turkish commanders on innumerable occasions,” reporting that he, “rarely heard them speak in Arabic, they spoke only in Turkish because the people they were talking to were Turkish officials.”
“ISIS fighters told us to fear nothing at all because there was full cooperation with the Turks,” Omer says.
Turkish freelance journalist Fehim Tatekin reports how, “armed groups like the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra cross the Turkish border freely.” In just one horrific example, in May of last year, he tells of an incident in which the Turkish military killed a Syrian Kurdish mother in front of her own children as they fled from the ISIS militia.
On the same day, the Turkish military shot 14-year-old Ali Ozdemir in the face, causing him to lose both of his eyes. He had tried to cross the border to visit his grandmother.
“The Turkish policy”, he said, “is to shoot, and to shoot to kill”.
The chairman of the Bar Association in Diyarbakir, in southern Turkey, states that, "Execution is the proper punishment to mete out to refugees illegally crossing the border".
The chief of Diyarbakir’s Human Rights Association explains that soldiers on the border are ordered to shoot to kill. “This is Turkey’s Rojava policy” .
"Newsweek" reported that, given the long and egregious history of the Atatürk inspired racism in Turkey, we should not be surprised. Yet Erdogan’s regime is doing much more than merely crushing PKK and Peshmerga freedom fighters — something much, much more perilous:
“Turkey is fanning the flames of a bloody and mushrooming sectarian conflagration that has already engulfed much of the Middle East.”
And NATO has turned a blind eye toward its member nation.
At the Gallipoli dawn service, Tony Abbott would do well to keep a focussed eye on the hills behind him because Turkey’s friends and enemies are identical to those of ISIS.