Two lawmakers from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) accused the government of protecting and cooperating with terrorists of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the al-Nusra Front.
The Turkish government quickly denied the claim, according to Hurriyet Daily.
CHP Deputy Parliamentary Group Head Muharrem Ince has asked for explanations of a photograph showing ISIL commander Abu Muhammad allegedly receiving free treatment in Hatay State Hospital on April 16, 2014, after being injured during fighting in Idlib, Syria. The photograph circulated widely on the Internet following ISIL’s assault on Mosul June 9.
“If we keep silent now, it is to let the government work more comfortably in this situation and prevent our people, our flag and our country from being harmed. But we will talk about the point to where wrong policies have dragged our country and what kind of trouble have all those whom they have fed, treated and assisted brought us,” Ince said at Parliament in Ankara on June 12.
Militants stayed at government guest houses: MP
Meanwhile, CHP Istanbul deputy Ihsan Ozkes claimed al-Nusra militants were allowed to stay at the guesthouses of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) under the monitoring of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) in the southern province of Hatay.
Ozkes, a former mufti, also claimed the order to host the militants was given by former Interior Minister Muammer Guler in a circular sent to the Hatay Governor’s Office, which openly demanded assistance to al-Nusra fighters.
The allegedly official document shown by Ozkes reveals that al-Nusra fighters were brought by the intelligence organization in order to fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) affiliated 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 MIT to fight against the PKK-affiliated PYD, crossing the borders to Syria and complying with the confidentiality of the matter,” the document reads.
Ozkes also accused the government of sending charity money collected by Diaynet to the Islamist fighters.
“Have those who fought been sheltered in the Quran classes and dormitories belonging to Diyanet? Is there an Interior Ministry circular that was sent to Diyanet on the issue?” he asked.
‘Turkey hasn't become a target’
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc denied the allegations during a press conference on June 13.
"Has Turkey provided any weapons or financial aid? Absolutely not, and the whole world knows this," Arinc said.
Arinc also said that the latest incident does not mean that Turkey has become a target.
The debate was sparked after the ISIL militants took 49 workers of Turkey’s Mosul Consulate and 31 Turkish truck drivers hostage after seizing Iraq’s second biggest city, Mosul.
Militants infiltrate into Iraq via Saudi Arabia: official
In another development in the Iraq crisis, a senior Iraqi provincial official said armed elements have infiltrated into Iraqi border areas through Saudi Arabia in order to launch further attacks on the country.
“According to our intelligence, armed militants have infiltrated into the desert area bordering Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The intelligence confirmed that the militants have used vehicles with Saudi license plates,” the senior member of the security committee in the province of Dhi Qar told Al Sumaria network on Monday.
The terrorists are collecting information and planning acts of sabotage in the region, the official said.
Iraqi security forces are monitoring the situation and set up security checkpoints in the region to prevent any possible attack, the official added.
On June 10, ISIL militants took control of Mosul, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced out of their homes since then.
The ISIL militants have vowed to continue their raid toward the capital Baghdad, but Iraqi forces and around 1.5 million volunteers succeeded in halting the terrorists’ advance and pushing the militants back.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing the Al Saud regime as a major supporter of global terrorism.
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