Lawmakers from Turkey's main opposition party have accused the government of protecting jihadist militants after a photograph surfaced of an ISIS commander being treated in a Turkish hospital for injuries sustained while fighting in Syria.
Two lawmakers from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) have accused the government of protecting and cooperating with jihadist militants from al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The lawmakers allege that the government sought the militants' support in its struggle against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK.
CHP Deputy Parliamentary Group Head Muharrem İnce has asked Ankara for an explanation after a photograph emerged showing ISIL commander Abu Muhammad allegedly receiving free treatment in Hatay State Hospital on April 16, 2014, after being injured in fighting in Idlib, Syria. The photograph circulated widely on the internet following ISIL’s assault on the Iraqi city of Mosul last week.
CHP Istanbul deputy İhsan Özkes claimed militants from al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda splinter group, were allowed to stay at the guesthouses of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) under the monitoring of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) in Hatay province.
Özkes, a former mufti, also said the order to host the militants was given by former interior minister Muammer Güler in a circular sent to the Hatay Governor’s Office, which openly demanded assistance for al Nusra fighters.
Özkes alleges that official documents reveal al Nusra fighters were brought by the MİT to fight against the Kurds' PKK, which is affiliated with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria.
“It is important to provide the necessary support for the intelligence officers on the issue of assisting the fighters of al-Nusra, including Tunisians and Chechens, who have been brought [here] under the supervision of the MİT to fight against the PKK-affiliated PYD, crossing the borders to Syria and complying with the confidentiality of the matter,” the document reads.
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Date created : 2014-06-17