Throughout nine years of preemptive US war in Syria, Turkey supported ISIS other jihadists, pretending otherwise.
Earlier in the war, Ankara colluded with ISIS in transporting, refining and selling stolen Syrian oil – Erdogan and other regime officials profiting hugely.
Evidence supplied by Kurdish sources in northern Syria showed “detailed invoices used by IS to calculate daily revenues from their oil fields and refineries, as well as the amount of oil extracted there,” adding:
“All the documents had Islamic State’s symbol at the top.” They showed ISIS “kept very professional records of their oil business.”
Syrians forced against their will to aid ISIS’ oil trade said “extracted oil was delivered to an oil refinery, where it was converted into gasoline, gas and other petroleum products.”
“Then the refined product was sold. (I)ntermediaries from Raqqa and Allepo arrived to pick up the oil and often mentioned Turkey.”
According to a captured ISIS jihadist at the time, “the reason why it was so easy for him to cross the Turkish border and join IS was, in part, due to the fact that Turkey also benefitted.”
Ankara let anti-Syria jihadists move freely cross-border between both countries, giving them safe haven in Turkey.
The Erdogan regime continues supporting these elements, using them to advance its revanchist aims in northern Syria.
The same goes for the US, NATO, Israel and the Saudis — on the side of the devil in stark contrast to Russia and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, aiding Damascus combat this scourge.
In response to significant advances on the ground in Idlib by Syrian forces, Turkey beefed up its illegal cross-border presence.
According to Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen television, the Erdogan regime sent scores of tanks, armored vehicles, other military equipment, and accompanying troops into northern Syria — to aid jihadists against Syrian forces.
On Monday, five Turkish soldiers were reported killed, others wounded by Syrian strikes on jihadists’ positions.
Southfront reported that al-Nusra terrorists in Idlib attacked Syrian forces, “supported by Turkish rocket and artillery strikes.” Retaliation by government troops resulted in Turkish casualties.
Ankara and jihadists its supports are aggressors, Syrian forces involved in defending their homeland,