It’s no secret both countries aid and abet ISIS. Washington uses its jihadists as imperial foot soldiers, terrorizing populations wherever they’re deployed, mainly in Syria and Iraq.
They operate freely because of key foreign backing (from America, Turkey, Britain, France, other NATO members, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan) – now for the first time challenged effectively by Russia’s righteous intervention, changing things dramatically on the ground.
Erdogan, his family members and other Turkish officials were caught red-handed, supporting ISIS, training and arming their fighters, complicit with CIA operatives and US special forces, providing them a key revenue source, smuggling stolen Syrian and Iraqi oil for refining on its territory and black market sales to regional markets.
Jihadists are sent arms, munitions and other supplies cross-border, supplementing regular US airdrops. Wounded ISIS and other terrorists are treated in Turkish hospitals, returned to Syria and Iraq when healed enough to resume fighting.
Erdogan’s daughter, Sumeyye, owns a Turkish hospital, located near Syria’s border, secretly used to treat wounded ISIS terrorists and other takfiris.
A nurse on condition of anonymity said Turkish military vehicles transport wounded jihadists daily to the facility for treatment, performing operations and other procedures as needed.
Erdogan is an international criminal, a key regional backer of America’s imperial enterprise, directly aiding ISIS and other terrorist groups.
He’s profiting hugely from high crimes – including from stolen Syrian and Iraqi oil, as well as allowing terrorist fighters to move freely cross-border to and from Syria and Iraq.
Russian Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov accused Turkey of conspiring with America to destabilize and destroy Middle East countries.
He accused Erdogan and other Turkish officials of “help(ing) terrorists, Wahhabis…rais(ing) funds for them, (providing arms and) medical treatment…”
They’re “financ(ing) the enemies of Islam,” he stressed, urging Muslims worldwide to unite against the scourge of ISIS and likeminded terrorists.
He accused America and complicit partner regimes of enlisting and supporting them to “shed Muslim blood, destroy stable countries and blacken the reputation of Islam.”
He asked leaders of Middle East nations how long they intend doing nothing to confront this scourge, allowing mass slaughter of regional Muslims, backing Washington’s imperial enterprise instead of rejecting it outright.
He promised revenge against ISIS terrorists beheading a Chechen citizen, accused of working for Russia’s security services.
Their crime will not go “unpunished,” he said, expressing full support for Putin’s war on terrorism, ready to obey any presidential order if asked.
At the Thursday OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Belgrade, Sergey Lavrov met with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, saying:
“We met with the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry on his insistent request. We heard nothing new.”
“The Turkish foreign minister confirmed the approaches publicly expressed by Turkey’s president and prime minister. We have repeated our position” – polar opposite theirs.
Cavusoglu said “(t)he situation remains tense. It would be unrealistic to say that these (first talks since Turkey downed the Russian Su-24 bomber) solved any problems.”
Erdogan and other Turkish officials defiantly refuse to apologize for a flagrant act of war against a nonbelligerent nation, complicit with Washington.
Following his meeting with Cavusoglu, Lavrov minced no words, saying “(t)here can be no justification for the attempts to disrupt the anti-terrorist struggle by protecting terrorists militarily from punishment as this occurred in the sky over Syria on November 24.”
Supporting terrorists is an international crime. Russia is committed to combating them. Lavrov debunked the US notion of “moderates,” calling it “inexcusable to continue dividing terrorists into bad and moderate.”
They’re all likeminded, representing pure evil. Regional peace and stability depends on eliminating them. America, Turkey and other rogue allies support elements Russia is committed to defeat.
A Final Comment
Sputnik News said opposition Turkish Republican People’s Party lawmaker, Eren Erdem, intends revealing evidence of Erdogan’s son-in-law, Berat Albayrak’s direct involvement in smuggling and selling oil for ISIS, along with Turkey’s energy and natural resources minister, saying:
“I have been able to establish that there is a very high probability that Berat Albayrak is linked to the supply of oil by the Daesh terrorists.”
“Today, the (Turkish) Takvim newspaper called me an American puppet, an Israeli agent, a supporter of the PKK, and the instigator of a coup…all in the same sentence.”
“I…view this attack…as an attempt to belittle my significance, to attack my reputation in the eyes in the public, given that my investigation is a real threat to the government. Such a sharply negative reaction suggests that my assumptions are fair, and I am moving in the right direction to (reveal) the truth.”
He stressed his intention to uncover and disclose Turkish dirty linen linked to ISIS and other terrorist groups. Plenty already exposed Erdogan’s involvement.
In his Thursday annual state of the union address to Russia’s Federal Assembly, its bicameral legislature, and invited guests, Putin minced no words, saying:
“We know…who is filling their pockets and who is allowing terrorists to profit from oil stolen from Syria (and Iraq) in Turkey, (as well as) us(ing) (this money) to recruit mercenaries, purchase weapons, (and) organize inhuman terrorist attacks against” victimized people.
He left no doubt he means Erdogan and other top Turkish officials, complicit with Washington and other rogue partners, waging regional state terror – sworn enemies of world peace and stability.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Visit his blog site. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.
Graphic Credit: Obama and Erdogan sharing a moment (Asia Times).