So much for Erdogan’s claim that he isn’t supporting ISIS. According to the Turkish newspaper, Aydınlık, ISIS has opened a consulate in Ankara, Turkey in order to issue visas to those who want to join ISIS and fight in Iraq:
It has been reported that the fundamentalist terror organization ISIS has very recently opened a consulate in Ankara, Turkey.
The terror organization the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has reportedly opened an embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara and started to issue visas to those who want to join the jihadist fight in Iraq.
The Turkish ruling AKP government has apparently provided great conveniences to the terrorist organization during negotiations to secure the return of 49 Turkish diplomats who were kidnapped in the Turkish Consulate of Mosul by ISIS terrorists.
The website, which appears to be belong to the consulate, indicates that visa applications can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and the official address is stated in Çankaya district of Ankara.
Aydınlık published this photo of a twitter account belonging to the consulate, but the account has now been suspended:
This same newspaper also reports that the AKP government lets ISIS operate ‘easily’ in major Turkish cities without being bothered by police. Talk about ‘great conveniences’:
A number of anonymous security officials have told Aydınlık Newspaper that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is able to operate easily in major Turkish cities due to the ruling AKP government’s tolerance towards the organization.
“ISIS militants are so relaxed that they do not even cut their beards, change their clothes to hide their identities [in cities]. Of course, there are some who do. But organisers do not think that they need to hide themselves. They act as they wish in Istanbul, Konya, Gaziantep and Hatay.”
Upon the question why the government does not do something about it, security officials responded: “Militants operate either in police or gendarmerie areas. It is not possible that their operations are not within their knowledge. But the government does not order forces to do something. We hear some really astonishing things. The headquarters send orders to units. They say us not to stop or fine some cars. We have heard that some of these cars belong to ISIS militants. What do you expect the security forces to do then?”
According to the officials, militants rent luxurious houses in some elite neighbourhoods of Istanbul. “They especially prefer villas next to each other in complexes. They use one of those as an office, but nobody knows what they do in other villas. They also have women with them. For instance, they rent a lot of villas in the Kızılcahamam district of Ankara. Turkey is full of ISIS houses.”
Militants drive minibuses with black windows around the city and get together in houses to plan, recruit and organize the money traffic. The seniors of the organization control over the others in nearby cities.
Walid Shoebat also wrote about this and said “the strategy of Recep Tayyip Erdogan is becoming clearer.” Click over to read his explanation on how Turkey is using ISIS.