Syria Update : Turkey admits over 1,000 extremists join ISIL * 02/08/2014 *

Turkey will never recover again for supporting " international terrorism "
Turkey will pay a very heavy price ye to come
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The number of Turkish extremists fighting under the umbrella of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group is slightly more than 1,000, according to Turkish officials, who admit that they are unable to learn the exact number.

The estimated number of armed ISIL terrorists is around 12,000 to 15,000, which shows that Turks make up less than 10 percent of the extremist group.

Turkey has long been accused of not efficiently controlling its borders to prevent those foreigners joining the Takfiri groups and halt the flow of weapons into Syria. In response to these criticisms, Turkish officials have noted the difficulty of controlling a nearly 900-kilometer-long border while blaming Western countries for not sharing intelligence on potential recruits for the extremist groups.

However, when it comes to Turkish citizens’ participation in one of the world’s most notorious mass killers, these explanations are unconvincing. Who organized the recruitment of these people for ISIL? What organizations sponsored these recruitments? Which routes have been used? Assuming the security forces and the intelligence are closely following the extremist movements in Turkey, how did they fail to realize that more than 1,000 Turks have joined ISIL? Could it be because security forces and intelligence skipped their main duties and responsibilities as they are chasing what the government calls the “parallel state”?

Whatever the answers to these questions are, there is one absolute reality: Turkey is facing the danger of the extremist structure, both inside and outside. In Iraq, 49 Turkish citizens have been in ISIL captivity since early June. Due to the sensitivity of the issue, mainstream media does not frequently write on the issue, but one thing is certain: Somebody will have to answer some very disturbing questions once our citizens, including Turkey’s consul general in Mosul, return home safe.

Inside Turkey, there is enough evidence to be concerned about increasing extremism. First, we have seen some Takfiri groups attacking a mosque belonging to Shia Muslims. With ISIL making new advances, their sympathizers have become more visible in a bid to display their contentment with the developments. It was on July 31 when the Hürriyet Daily News reported about an Istanbul-based charity organization that had to suspend its activities after it was criticized for using an insignia adopted by the ISIL.

There were also allegations that the charity was recruiting terrorists for the insurgency in Syria and Iraq.

In separate news, Turkish media broadcast a few days ago pictures of hundreds of men with long beards in Taliban-style dress gathering for Eid al-Fitr somewhere in Istanbul. The group was allegedly linked with ISIL, and they dedicated their Eid al-Fitr prayers to ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

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