Tempting fate and risking both prosecution and shut down, Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper has recently revealed yet more evidence that Turkey is collaborating directly with ISIS terrorists and assisting them across the border into Syria.
The Turkish paper has published new transcripts of telephone conversations between Turkish military officers and ISIS/”jihadist” fighters.
These documents allegedly stem from a court case currently moving through the Turkish judicial system in the Ankara 3rd High Criminal Court relating to the Islamic State. The investigation apparently began when six Turkish citizens reported to law enforcement officials that their family members had joined ISIS. Around 19 people were monitored as a result and 27 individuals were charged. Cumhuriyet published the first batch of documents in December, 2015 which were subsequently reported by the independent and alternative media in the West.
These new transcripts, however, are supposed to be conversations between Turkish military officers and Mustafa Demir, a leading ISIS figure based near the Syrian-Turkish border.
As Cumhuriyet writes, “The transcripts and the documents in the investigation revealed that Demir received money… from smugglers at the border and cooperated with the officers as far as [border] crossings are concerned.”
RT provides a sample of some of the interactions between Demir and Turkish military officers:
In the first transcript, translated into English by Today’s Zaman, Demir is talking to a Turkish military officer.
– […] where are you, big brother? At the place where I told you to be?
– Yeah. We also saw you, your men…
– Is 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…
– Okay […] I’ll pass this now. I have two military posts there. If the worst comes to the worst, I’ll tell that to the commander of the station and have him take a look…
In another transcript, Demir allegedly talks with another Turkish officer, who says that he and his comrades are “in the minefield” and calls Demir to come to him immediately.
“We have stuff; come here from that side, the men are here…,” the transcript says.
“Okay, big brother, [I’m] coming…Is it [the mine field] the place where I gave First Lieutenant Burak a car?” Demir reportedly answers.
Interestingly enough, Demir also has alleged ties to ISIS leader Ilhami Bali, who is connected to bombings inside Ankara in October.
Cumhuriyet has revealed a number of examples of cooperation between Turkish military and Turkish intelligence agents with ISIS militants. In May, 2015, the paper revealed that at Turkish convoy hit by an airstrike in Northwestern Syria was carrying weapons to terrorists.
Cumhuriyet also reported in December that Turkish officers on the Turkey-Syria border have had contact with ISIS militants and aided in their movements across the border.
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