As time goes on, it is becoming more and more apparent that some shady things are going down between ISIS and Turkey.
Turkey has been mostly absent from the fight against ISIS and not only has it been rumored they are buying oil from the Islamic State, but this recently released video of a captured ISIS fighter suggests that Turkey is providing a safe haven for ISIS training camps.
Turkey is training Islamic State terrorists in a camp disguised as a training ground for the Free Syrian Army, a 20-year-old jihadist captured by the Kurdish YPG told Sputnik. The prisoner said Ankara’s help to the “moderate” Syrian opposition is not as innocent as portrayed.
Captured by the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) fighters in Northern Syria in November, Abdurrahman Abdulhadi, a Syrian national-turned Daesh (Islamic State) fighter, says he was trained in Turkey before receiving his first assignment with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
“They only appear to be enemies, however, they are friends,” the 20-year-old Abdulhadi, whose brother, Til Berak, is still fighting for IS told Sputnik Turkey. While Turkish nationals constitute only about “10 percent” of jihadists he had come across, the prisoner said Turkey is actively training Islamic State fighters.
“In August 2014, I was training in the Turkish town of Adana with one of ISIL’s Emirs,” Abdulhadi said, adding his month-long training was completed with 60 other fighters in a camp “not far from the airport.”
Well that’s not good.
Who knows if this guy is credible or not I mean he is a terrorist after all so he isn’t exactly a beacon of morality but it does make sense that Turkey, who is led by a fairly radical president, is choosing to appease ISIS rather than confronting them.
Time will tell how long Turkey can walk this line between pretending they are a strong ally of the United States and failing to stand up to ISIS.