Turkey begins new era in fight against Daesh

BY NUR ÖZKAN ERBAY

 ANKARA NEWS ANALYSIS JUL 01, 2021 2:18 PM GMT+3Counterterrorism police stand in front of a building during a raid in Turkey’s capital Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 11, 2018. (AA File Photo)

Turkey, the only NATO member country fighting Daesh one-on-one in the field, has stepped up its efforts to help the Global Coalition and NATO increase their effectiveness in this fight. One of the most important elements in the upcoming period will be increasing pressure on international partners over the YPG/PKK terrorist group, which continues its logistical and financial cooperation with Daesh in Syria and cannot be considered a legitimate actor in this fight.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who attended the anti-Daesh coalition meeting in Rome this week, reiterated President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s comments at the NATO summit in Brussels that Turkey is a country that performs all its duties in the fight against terrorism within the alliance.

Turkey considers Daesh and the PKK/YPG a great threat not only to itself but to other countries as well, particularly Syria, and if cooperation between these organizations on the ground is not terminated, it will be impossible to ensure permanent stability and security in the country. In fact, at the meeting in Rome, Çavuşoğlu opposed the support for YPG/PKK among the coalition partners, under the pretext of fighting Daesh, stressing that they both feed each other financially and logistically.

In contrast, “Turkey is the only NATO country fighting the terrorist group Daesh on the front line” he said. Çavuşoğlu also said that Turkey has disabled the financial structure of Daesh and so far 4,500 militants have been eliminated in Syria and Iraq. “Daesh, despite its withdrawal, is still a threat,” he emphasized.

“The fight against one terrorist group should not be countered with support for another terrorist group,” he said, stressing that the methods used to defeat Daesh in Syria have been faulty since the beginning. “The YPG/PKK and the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are extensions of the PKK in Syria. The YPG/PKK needs Daesh to maintain its own importance and is benefiting from the presence of Daesh,” he said.

That is why Turkey predicts that the threat of Daesh could deepen further in Syria, as long as the claims that the PKK and YPG are fighting Daesh continue. The truth is that YPG/PKK is known to have released Daesh terrorists in exchange for financial gains from the camps under its control. In this sense, Turkey believes that coalition partners in the global fight against terrorist organizations should take a deeper account of the situation and guarantee an effective exchange of intelligence, and initiate real partnerships with legitimate actors.

Turkey ranks first among the countries that have faced the most attacks at the hands of Daesh. The organization has carried out terrorist attacks against Turkey both inside and outside Turkey. A total of 309 civilians and security forces have been killed and 1,338 injured in suicide bombings, other bombings and gun attacks by Daesh, which has carried out 20 attacks against Turkey since 2014.

Meanwhile, the town of Kilis, on the border with Syria in Turkey’s southeastern province, was targeted 60 times in about 20 mortar missile attacks between January and May 2016, killing 19 people while, a total of 829 people were killed in Daesh’s attacks in various countries around the world, outside Turkey.

Turkey carried out a total of 5,855 operations against Daesh between 2014-2021. As part of the operations, 1,200 Daesh members were captured and arrested. About half of the organization’s members were found to be from 43 countries, while Turkey cleared 4,000 square kilometers (1,544 square miles) in Syria occupied by the terrorist organization. As part of Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Olive Branch, 3,704 Daesh members were killed, while 76,818 people from 151 countries were banned from entering Turkey. More than 7,600 foreign nationals suspected of involvement in activities linked to foreign terrorist fighters have also been deported. Meanwhile, 14 associations were shut down as part of the fight against the organization and 2,564 social media accounts belonging to members of the terrorist organization were detected. As a result, 22 terror attacks, including live bomb attacks, were foiled.

On Oct. 27, 2019, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terrorist organization, was captured in northwest Syria with the help of Turkey, while his sister and other family members were captured and brought to Turkey. Turkey, which has so far captured many senior members of the terror group, continues its operations unabated.

The Istanbul Security Directorate’s counterterrorism branch carried out another major operation Wednesday. In the operation, Turkey arrested 28 YPG/PKK suspects who had brought women and children from the camps to Turkey and provided necessities such as housing, food and collected financial aid for imprisoned Daesh suspects. The Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) also played its part by foiling a bomb attack by Daesh against Turkey. With the assistance of MIT’s intelligence, local security forces in Aleppo captured Syrian national Semir al-Hamid on June 17. Al-Hamid, who was detained, admitted that he was preparing for a bombing against Turkey and had buried the explosives he intended to use.

Kasım Güler, the so-called “Turkey head” of Daesh, who was also wanted with a red notice was captured and brought to Turkey by MIT’s operation in Syria. According to security sources, MIT began working on the intelligence on Güler, code-named Abu Osama al-Turki, and learned that he was planning to illegally cross into Turkey from Syria to carry out terrorist activities. Güler was captured and brought to Turkey for questioning and arrested during an operation in Syria.

All these numbers and data reveal who is actually fighting Daesh and who is not. The PKK/YPG, which continues to receive political and logistical, arms support from Washington under the pretext of fighting terrorists in Syria, is actually cooperating with them.

For this reason, Turkey will increase its pressure and continue to reiterate these facts to Washington and the other partners of the international coalition in the new era. On the other hand, as it continues its fight on the ground, Turkey will continue to transfer its experience under NATO, the Global Coalition Against Daesh and increase its support for the complete destruction of the terrorist groups which are not different from each other.

source Turkey begins new era in fight against Daesh | Daily Sabah

2 replies

  1. That may be so, but what about:

    Deal With the Devil: Turkey Props Up ISIS by Buying Its Stolen Oil
    By Micah Halpern • 02/04/16 10:29am

    (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) David McNew/Getty Images)

    John Paul Getty once said of oil: “Oil is like a wild animal whoever captures it gets it.”

    Getty was correct. Today’s world is engaged in a hunt, a battle, a game for oil. Countries are vying with each other in the competition to supply and procure oil.

    Turkey has no real oil resources. Once upon a time they received the lion’s share of their oil from Russia, but that font has totally dried up after tensions between the two countries. Turkey abuts ISIS and the terrorist group has, and needs to unload, oil. ISIS is so desperate to get rid of its oil that it is practically giving it away, selling at 20 percent below market value. Turkey is stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place. They desperately need oil. But how can they prop up its unsavory, dangerous, muredous neighbor that is not even a real country?

    Yet ISIS has the oil and needs the cash and Turkey has the cash and really needs the oil.

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    The Turks have made their decision.

    Israel thinks its sometimes ally made the wrong decision.

    Israel’s outspoken minister of defense, Moshe Yaalon, is calling Turkey to task for supporting ISIS. The critique was made public at a recent press conference after a meeting between Mr. Yaalon and his Greek counterpart.

    The official Turkish attitude toward smuggling has been one of benign neglect.

    Israel and Turkey have history. They have not always seen eye to eye and, of late, have been working hard to mend fences. Mr. Yaalon has said that Israel stipulated that diplomatic relations between the two countries would get back on track only after Turkey puts a stop to several actions that support ISIS—including buying its oil. He went as far as calling Turkey “Hamas’ terror headquarters outside of Gaza.”

    Israel has always known that Turkey was buying ISIS oil, but they kept silent hoping that Turkey would do the right thing and stop dealing with ISIS on its own. That has not happened.

    Turkey now must respond.

    And not just to Israel. Russia, as one might expect, has also announced that Turkey has been importing ISIS oil. Russia has even called for the resignation of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey. In response, Mr, Erdogan said he would resign—but only if there was any evidence of these claims and that the claim are false.

    Moshe Yaalon (Wikipedia).
    Moshe Yaalon (Wikipedia).

    And this is where this entire situation takes on a specifically Middle Eastern twist.

    The allegations are correct—but not in the way one might think.

    Turkey does get oil from ISIS. ISIS steals the oil from Iraq and Syria. The oil is paid for in advance and fuel trucks line up and take the oil to the buyers. There are several additional middle men, and the potential for many hazards, along the way. The oil trucks are sometimes hit by Allied air strikes. All of it is tracked on satellite imagery which means that the United States is totally aware of exactly what is happening and where the oil is going.

    Eventually, the oil crosses the border and is delivered to a Turkish importer and local supplier. So, yes, it is smuggled, an art Turkey honed over centuries.

    The official Turkish attitude toward smuggling has been one of benign neglect. Smuggling is the economy in this region. And because of the nature of the smuggling and the middle men and the smugglers and the merchandise, Turkish leaders have traditionally deluded themselves. Today’s leadership continues that tradition with a laissez faire attitude about the trail of the oil. In essence, they are saying “who knows that this particular liter of petrol came from ISIS.”

    Of course Turkish authorities know the real truth just as Israel and Russia and the United States know. There is no doubt about that. But this is about pragmatics, not politics or ideology.

    This style of doing business is best described by a commander of the Free Syrian Army. He and his forces fight ISIS to the death. And yet, he buys petrol from ISIS to power generators and vehicles—the very same trucks and jeeps he uses to battle ISIS. In the words of the commander, as published in The Financial Times: “ISIS needs the money and we need the fuel. You have to both laugh and cry at the situation.”

    Turkey is in the same situation. It does not make it right, it makes it complicated. But in the final analysis—Turkey is helping prop up ISIS by buying their oil.

    source https://observer.com/2016/02/deal-with-the-devil-turkey-props-up-isis-by-buying-its-stolen-oil/

  2. In the above article Israel pretends to be the ‘good guy’. Then why did they purchase the stolen Syrian oil from Turkey?

    And of course they supported ISIS as well. very directly. Do we need to provide more articles on that?

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