A former senior counter-terrorism official in Turkey has blown the whistle on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s deliberate sponsorship of the Islamic State (ISIS) as a geopolitical tool to expand Turkey’s regional influence and sideline his political opponents at home.
For Yayla, Turkey, a key NATO member and purported ally of the West in the fight against ISIS, has now become an open safe haven for jihadists: “ISIS has a large logistical support base in Gaziantep. For example, all of its uniforms are tailored in Gaziantep, maybe over 60,000 of them over the last two years.”
- Inteview given in English:
Ahmet Yayla who formerly was the deputy chief of the counterterrorism department of the Turkish National Police gives a sense of just how dangerous the Turkish security situation is becoming while he explains how Turkey organised the failed-coup of past July and how it collaborates with ISIS. Ahmet Yayla subsequently served…
View original post 445 more words