human rights watch

torsdag 26 november 2015

400 Turkish soldiers situated around Azaz, Jarablus and Aleppo’

400 Turkish soldiers situated around Azaz, Jarablus and Aleppo’

More reports are being revealed of Turkey’s support to ISIS and other gang groups after Turkish aircraft downed a Russian plane on Syrian border the day before.

Sami Ali, Expert on Arabs and the Middle East, who is currently in Moscow, has written an article for ANF, in which the coordination between jihadist groups and Turkish intelligence agency is highlighted.
Below is the English version of the article by Sami Ali.
Syrian Democratic Forces are waging a battle against international terrorist forces, mainly the ISIS, as well as Sheikh Süleyman Forces and Turkistan Islamic Party affiliated to Jabhat Al-Nusra, which are constituted by people from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Daghestan and Chechenia.
A number of terrorists have been captured during the course of this battle. The conclusion drawn from their testimonies indicates that these groups are not actually affiliated to ISIS, while their activities and actions are coordinated in line with a scope drawn by Turkish MİT (national intelligence agency) at a top level.
These groups are active in some villages around Azaz, Jarablus and Aleppo; in other words the area between the cantons of Kobanê and Afrin. Separately, there is also another group of 400 Turkish soldiers deployed in this area in the uniforms of opposition groups. This group is situated in the area independently from ISIS and other mentioned forces.
In Jarablus area and especially near Turkey border, ISIS and other groups are provided with all kinds of aid including military equipment, transfer of militants and logistic support.
Turkey also has a remarkable military reinforcement on its own side of the border, from which it intervenes and hinders Syrian Democratic Forces’ intention to cross the Euphrates and take this area. The most concrete instance of this truth was witnessed in the village of Ziyaret. Despite everything, it is known by everyone now that Syrian Democratic Forces are made up of Kurdish, Turkmen and Arab local people. They must be supported.
Jarablus border crossing and unofficial border gates opened around are on the other hand used for the delivery of crude oil and other things, in return for which Turkey provides convenience for the terrorist groups by giving them military equipment and logistic support.

Source: Firat News Agency

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