The Turkish newspaper that has thoroughly angered Erdogan for exposing his lies about sending arms to Syria has now doubled down with new photos alleging that Turkey also smuggled troops into Syria as well:
ARUTZ SHEVA – A Turkish daily on Friday published images it said showed the Turkish spy agency helping to smuggle jihadists into Syria, the latest allegations by the newspaper accusing the authorities of aiding extremist groups across the border.
The government had last week lambasted the Cumhuriyet daily for publishing video footage the paper said showed the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) helping send weapons to Syria early last year.
But Friday’s story showed the staunchly secular Cumhuriyet is not giving any ground in an increasingly tense standoff with Erdogan’s Islamist government ahead of Sunday’s legislative elections.
Cumhuriyet said that a group of jihadists were first brought to the Turkish border town of Reyhanli on January 9, 2014 from Atme refugee camp in Syria in a clandestine operation.
From there, they were smuggled into Tal Abyad, a border town used by the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) as a gateway from Turkey, on two buses rented by the MIT, Cumhuriyet claimed.
The daily showed images of the buses, which it said were stopped by police a day after the operation following a tip-off that they were smuggling drugs into Syria.
If the Turks hadn’t been sloppy, leaving weapons and ammo behind, then they wouldn’t have photos like these to bolster their case:
It was revealed that the buses had been used to smuggle jihadists after investigators found bullets, weapons and ammunition abandoned in the buses, the paper said.
The drivers of the buses, who were briefly arrested, said in their testimony they were told that they were carrying Syrian refugees and the vehicles were rented by the MIT.
I’m sure Erdogan is fuming given that the elections are only two days away, and should he get his chance to change the constitution make himself the new sultan of Turkey, I’m not sure even the courts will be able to save the Cumhurriyet Daily. But I do love that they aren’t going to go without a fight.