NATO Is Harboring ISIS, And Here's The Evidence

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For the better part of a year, Turkey remained on the sidelines in the “fight” against ISIS.

Then, on July 20, a powerful explosion ripped through the town of Suruc. 33 people were killed including a number of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) and Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF) members who planned to assist in the rebuilding of Kobani.

The attack was promptly attributed to Islamic State who took "credit" for the tragedy the next day.

To be sure, the attack came at a rather convenient time for President Tayyip Erdogan. A little over a month earlier, the ruling AKP party lost its absolute parliamentary majority in part due to a strong showing at the ballot box for the pro-Kurdish (and PKK-aligned) HDP. What happened in the wake of the Suruc bombing was nothing short of a largely successful attempt on Erdogan's part to use fear and violence to scare the electorate into restoring AKP's dominance in snap elections that took place earlier this month. 

In short, Erdogan used Suruc as an excuse to begin a "war on terror." Part and parcel of the new campaign was an invite from Ankara for Washington to use Turkey's Incirlik air base. Subsequently, Erdogan reminded the world that the PKK is also considered a terrorist organization and as such, the anti-ISIS campaign would also include a crackdown on Kurdish militants operating in Turkey. Erdogan proceeded to focus squarely on the PKK, all but ignoring ISIS while simultaneously undercutting the coalition building process on the way to calling for new elections. Unsurprisingly, AKP put on a much better showing in the electoral redo, and with that, Erdogan had succeeded in using ISIS as a smokescreen to start a civil war with the PKK, in the process frightening voters into restoring his party's grip on power.

Through it all, the PKK has suggested that Ankara is and always has been in bed with Islamic State. That contention will come as no surprise to those who frequent these pages. It's common knowledge that Turkey backs the FSA and participates in the US/Saudi-led effort to supply Syrian rebels with weapons, money, and training. Indeed, those weapons were on full display Tuesday when the FSA's 1st Coastal Brigade used a US-made TOW to destroy a Russian search and rescue helicopter. That came just hours after the Turkmen FSA-allied Alwiya al-Ashar militia posted a video of its fighters celebrating over the body of an ejected Russian pilot. 

In short, Turkey has made a habit out of supporting anyone and everyone who opposes Assad in Syria and that includes ISIS. In fact, if one were to rank the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar in order of who is suspected of providing the most assistance to Islamic State, Turkey would likely top the list. Here's what Vladimir Putin had to say earlier today after Turkey downed the Russian Su-24:


It's with all of this in mind that we bring you excerpts from a new piece by Nafeez Ahmed who, you're reminded, penned a lengthy expose earlier this year explaining how the US views ISIS as a "strategic asset." In his latest, Ahmed takes a close look at the relationship between Ankara and Islamic State. The evidence is truly damning. 

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From "NATO is harbouring the Islamic State: Why France’s brave new war on ISIS is a sick joke, and an insult to the victims of the Paris attacks," by Nafeez Ahmed, originally published in Medium

“We stand alongside Turkey in its efforts in protecting its national security and fighting against terrorism. France and Turkey are on the same side within the framework of the international coalition against the terrorist group ISIS.” --Statement by French Foreign Ministry, July 2015

The 13th November Paris massacre will be remembered, like 9/11, as a defining moment in world history.

The murder of 129 people, the injury of 352 more, by ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) acolytes striking multiple targets simultaneously in the heart of Europe, mark a major sea-change in the terror threat.

For the first time, a Mumbai-style attack has occurred on Western soil?—?the worst attack on Europe in decades. As such, it has triggered a seemingly commensurate response from France: the declaration of a nationwide state of emergency, the likes of which have not been seen since the 1961 Algerian war.

ISIS has followed up with threats to attack Washington and New York City.

Meanwhile, President Hollande wants European Union leaders to suspend the Schengen Agreement on open borders to allow dramatic restrictions on freedom of movement across Europe. He also demands the EU-wide adoption of the Passenger Name Records (PNR) system allowing intelligence services to meticulously track the travel patterns of Europeans, along with an extension of the state of emergency to at least three months.

Under the extension, French police can now block any website, put people under house arrest without trial, search homes without a warrant, and prevent suspects from meeting others deemed a threat.

“We know that more attacks are being prepared, not just against France but also against other European countries,” said the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. “We are going to live with this terrorist threat for a long time.”

Hollande plans to strengthen the powers of police and security services under new anti-terror legislation, and to pursue amendments to the constitution that would permanently enshrine the state of emergency into French politics. “We need an appropriate tool we can use without having to resort to the state of emergency,” he explained.

Parallel with martial law at home, Hollande was quick to accelerate military action abroad, launching 30 airstrikes on over a dozen Islamic State targets in its de facto capital, Raqqa.


Conspicuously missing from President Hollande’s decisive declaration of war, however, was any mention of the biggest elephant in the room: state-sponsorship.

Syrian passports discovered near the bodies of two of the suspected Paris attackers, according to police sources, were fake, and likely forged in Turkey.

Earlier this year, the Turkish daily Meydan reported citing an Uighur source that more than 100,000 fake Turkish passports had been given to ISIS. The figure, according to the US Army’s Foreign Studies Military Office (FSMO), is likely exaggerated, but corroborated “by Uighurs captured with Turkish passports in Thailand and Malaysia.”


A senior Western official familiar with a large cache of intelligence obtained this summer from a major raid on an ISIS safehouse told the Guardian that “direct dealings between Turkish officials and ranking ISIS members was now ‘undeniable.’”

The same official confirmed that Turkey, a longstanding member of NATO, is not just supporting ISIS, but also other jihadist groups, including Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria. “The distinctions they draw [with other opposition groups] are thin indeed,” said the official. “There is no doubt at all that they militarily cooperate with both.”

In a rare insight into this brazen state-sponsorship of ISIS, a year ago Newsweek reported the testimony of a former ISIS communications technician, who had travelled to Syria to fight the regime of Bashir al-Assad.

The former ISIS fighter told Newsweek that Turkey was allowing ISIS trucks from Raqqa to cross the “border, through Turkey and then back across the border to attack Syrian Kurds in the city of Serekaniye in northern Syria in February.” ISIS militants would freely travel “through Turkey in a convoy of trucks,” and stop “at safehouses along the way.”

The former ISIS communication technician also admitted that he would routinely “connect ISIS field captains and commanders from Syria with people in Turkey on innumerable occasions,” adding that “the people they talked to were Turkish officials… ISIS commanders told us to fear nothing at all because there was full cooperation with the Turks.”

In January, authenticated official documents of the Turkish military were leaked online, showing that Turkey’s intelligence services had been caught in Adana by military officers transporting missiles, mortars and anti-aircraft ammunition via truck “to the al-Qaeda terror organisation” in Syria.

According to other ISIS suspects facing trial in Turkey, the Turkish national military intelligence organization (MIT) had begun smuggling arms, including NATO weapons to jihadist groups in Syria as early as 2011.

The allegations have been corroborated by a prosecutor and court testimony of Turkish military police officers, who confirmed that Turkish intelligence was delivering arms to Syrian jihadists from 2013 to 2014.

Documents leaked in September 2014 showed that Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan had financed weapons shipments to ISIS through Turkey. A clandestine plane from Germany delivered arms in the Etimesgut airport in Turkey and split into three containers, two of which were dispatched to ISIS.

A report by the Turkish Statistics Institute confirmed that the government had provided at least $1 million in arms to Syrian rebels within that period, contradicting official denials. Weapons included grenades, heavy artillery, anti-aircraft guns, firearms, ammunition, hunting rifles and other weapons?—?but the Institute declined to identify the specific groups receiving the shipments.

Information of that nature emerged separately. Just two months ago, Turkish police raided a news outlet that published revelations on how the local customs director had approved weapons shipments from Turkey to ISIS.

Turkey has also played a key role in facilitating the life-blood of ISIS’ expansion: black market oil sales. Senior political and intelligence sources in Turkey and Iraq confirm that Turkish authorities have actively facilitated ISIS oil sales through the country.

Last summer, Mehmet Ali Ediboglu, an MP from the main opposition, the Republican People’s Party, estimated the quantity of ISIS oil sales in Turkey at about $800 million?—?that was over a year ago.

By now, this implies that Turkey has facilitated over $1 billion worth of black market ISIS oil sales to date.


The liberal Turkish daily Taraf quoted an AKP founder, Dengir Mir Mehmet F?rat, admitting: “In order to weaken the developments in Rojova [Kurdish province in Syria] the government gave concessions and arms to extreme religious groups…the government was helping the wounded. The Minister of Health said something such as, it’s a human obligation to care for the ISIS wounded.”

The paper also reported that ISIS militants routinely receive medical treatment in hospitals in southeast Turkey—?including al-Baghdadi’s right-hand man.


Meanwhile, NATO leaders feign outrage and learned liberal pundits continue to scratch their heads in bewilderment as to ISIS’ extraordinary resilience and inexorable expansion.


As Professor David Graeber of London School of Economics pointed out:

“Had Turkey placed the same kind of absolute blockade on Isis territories as they did on Kurdish-held parts of Syria… that blood-stained ‘caliphate’ would long since have collapsed?—?and arguably, the Paris attacks may never have happened. And if Turkey were to do the same today, Isis would probably collapse in a matter of months. Yet, has a single western leader called on Erdo?an to do this?”


In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee in September 2014, General Martin Dempsey, then chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked by Senator Lindsay Graham whether he knew of “any major Arab ally that embraces ISIL”?

General Dempsey replied:

“I know major Arab allies who fund them.”

In other words, the most senior US military official at the time had confirmed that ISIS was being funded by the very same “major Arab allies” that had just joined the US-led anti-ISIS coalition.

These allies include Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, and Kuwait in particular.


Porous links between some Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels, Islamist militant groups like al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and ISIS, have enabled prolific weapons transfers from ‘moderate’ to Islamist militants.

The consistent transfers of CIA-Gulf-Turkish arms supplies to ISIS have been documented through analysis of weapons serial numbers by the UK-based Conflict Armament Research (CAR), whose database on the illicit weapons trade is funded by the EU and Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.


ISIS, in other words, is state-sponsored?—?indeed, sponsored by purportedly Western-friendly regimes in the Muslim world, who are integral to the anti-ISIS coalition.

Which then begs the question as to why Hollande and other Western leaders expressing their determination to “destroy” ISIS using all means necessary, would prefer to avoid the most significant factor of all: the material infrastructure of ISIS’ emergence in the context of ongoing Gulf and Turkish state support for Islamist militancy in the region.

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Lumberjack's picture

Let them all have it.

Hugh G Rection's picture

I wonder why ISIS never attacks Israel?



NidStyles's picture

That crap is just noise, a distraction for what is really going on. 

johngaltfla's picture

Watch the Russian troop movements near Armenia. There's your sign for the weekend. Also how many ships cross into the Med. Shit is getting real.

gladih8r's picture

Is there a catchy name for the entire ISIS-supporting gang yet?  The Axis of ISIS?  The Assholes of ISIS?  I can't think of anything that is both evil sounding and derrogatory at the same time, under the influence of sobriety.

And who is the Nobel prize committee handing out their "Peace" Prize to, this time around?  Would it be John McCain?  - Satan himself would be so proud he'd shed a tear of joy.... and they would beat The Onion to the punch for once.

WTFRLY's picture

Every alternative theory about Syria and ISIS, Serena Shim proved, on video. They killed her the same day as those airdrops to the Kurds where one was confirmed to fall into ISIS hands...

 White House, Media Silent One Year After Murder of US Reporter Who Exposed Western Links to ISIS October 20, 2015

SteveNYC's picture

You saw the Moskva roll into town last night, now the S-400:


Russia is shutting down the airspace. Next Turkish plane to even go near the border, boom......

Skateboarder's picture

Why, that would be "anti-Semitic," of course, and PC terrizz like eyeSicks are good 'lil (paid-for) boys.

Hugh G Rection's picture

Remember when neocon intellectuals were talking about using proxy forces to "roll back" Syria in 1996?

Good thing for Israel most mouth breathing morons only get their news from the zio box.

Rakshas's picture

hmmmmmmm..... just a flashback but..... remember this from a few years ago (from WRH Clinton Chronicles)

 In 2008, Jewish representatives of the three major presidential candidates held a debate. Hillary Clinton's representative, Ann Lewis, who is also a former White House official, stood up in all seriousness to say: The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel. It is not up to us to pick and choose from among the political parties of Israel. Frankly, comments like this are shocking, but they're being made as if it's the norm. 

OK OK so I know that falls in the "Well Duh" category 

Crawdaddy's picture

Ever wonder why it is so easy to find background evidence support for the idea? That is not a "well duh" notion is it?

Both Clintons were picked and managed from early on. Their lives have been faithfully documented by the NWO scam masters at Life and Newsweek and Fox and CNN.

A miracle of convenience right? Just happened? They report to the same boss as the Bush family. The two headed eagle, the roaring lion wandering the land, seeking whom it can devour. They also love a pyramid and one eyeball photos.

Joenobody12's picture

"  The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel.  "

Do you mean the people of the United States ? What if the people of Israel decided some Americans should die for the security of the people of Israel ? Wait, that happened in 2001 September , didnt it ?

I thought there was a typo in your post so I googled and found the quote in The Washington Post. 

NihilistZero's picture

"We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them" George Bush 2001

Vladimir Putin 2015???

(Somebody had to post this :-)

Hugh G Rection's picture

Only a sith deals in absolutes

earleflorida's picture

"Azerbaijan?' and Oil-- smack in the middle of the 'Silk Highway'...

this should give some color on a creepy`Mossad' Bibi

(does *cuibono want a 'bibi?) southpark

johngaltfla's picture

Because the Saudis have not ordered them to yet.

Pliskin's picture

For the same reason the U.S. marines never attack Washington.

junction's picture

The Anti-Christs in charge of NATO, led by Obama, have pretty much accomplished their job of cleansing the Middle East of Christians.  Mission accomplished.

BlueViolet's picture
BlueViolet (not verified) Lumberjack Nov 24, 2015 9:45 PM

Turkey takes the blame. But who really did it? >>

Rakshas's picture

I hate myself for saying this but COULD YOU STOP WITH THE PORN ALREADY JEEZ MAN 

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Oh, no, no Gay Jesus PORN again, yuk!

grunk's picture

At this point, I need a flowchart.

NATO may end up declaring war on NATO.

Philo Beddoe's picture

I know this because NATO knows.

Imagine everybody in NATO kicking the shit out of themselves on some dingy street. 

r0mulus's picture

No flowcharts needed.
The leadership class is lying or playing dumb, yet again, issuing public denials while supporting the efforts in private.

Syria/Russia/Iran vs ISIS:

ISIS = Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait
Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait = USA, France, UK, NATO
USA, France, UK, NATO = "The West"


ISIS = The West/NATO
Syria/Russia/Iran vs ISIS = Syria/Russia/Iran vs The West/NATO

Rakshas's picture

mind if I use that to help  explain ISIS role in all of this to my retarded friends ...... oh sorry we're not supposed to say retarded any more are we........ OK so more correctly - those fucking idiots that have thier heads jammed so far up thier own ignroant asses they can lick thier own teeth from the other side  that for reasons that I cannot explain I still associate with...... they had better be good eating when the apocalypse arrives or I'm going to feel like a real asshole for keeping them around ......... nah fuck it I sticking with Retarded screw trying to be polite......

JustObserving's picture


Watching a movie, balancing a drink and typing on ZH can lead to duplicates

Farqued Up's picture

Being retarded, I have to read it twice anyway.

JustObserving's picture

Turkey has become a corrupt state sponsoring and supporting terrorism.  Soon it will be a failed state.  Karma is a bitch.  Today Turkey showed that it is the air force for ISIS.  Apparently, the violation of Turkish airspace, if any, was for just 17 seconds:

USA, Turkey and Israel Act As Air Force for ISIS

ISIS sells crude oil to Turkey and Israel to raise money. Of course, the US is aware of that and can easily stop these sales if it wanted to.

The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria(ISIS) began selling Iraqi crude oil extracted from oil fields which its seized in recent months and exporting it through the Kurdish region to Turkish refineries and from Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan ultimately to Israel.

In just the first month of 2014 Turkish jets are claimed to have violated Greek airspace 1,017 times

Omega_Man's picture

open season on Erdogan and his asshole friends 

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Worst kept secret ever, the US, NATO and its allies gave birth to the abomination called ISIS.

Rakshas's picture

I still can't believe the sheeple have such a hard time believing thier own government would not do them harm, Operation Gladio has been known pretty much since the 40's in many circles though not necessarily information available to the every day citizen for the past 20 years people have no excuse for not knowing the existence and history of these groups and who controls them and yet when I try to explain ISIS to people they look at me like my tinfoil is on backwards.......... idiots one and all ...... they really are Sheeple.....

falga's picture

Hard to figure out who is doing what to whom but one thing is for cannot trust anyone in this part of the world. Everyone for himself as coalitions are formed only to be betrayed.

fudge's picture

I see 2 dead fuckers.

RiverRoad's picture

This time it's Biblical...

Cabreado's picture

"Meanwhile, NATO leaders feign outrage and learned liberal pundits continue to scratch their heads in bewilderment as to ISIS’ extraordinary resilience and inexorable expansion."

The most important dynamic in play...

And the most important response is to (re)arrange your thinking to vigorously protect the Principles, because this next war is also set to rip this place apart from within.

VWAndy's picture

Rather clever when ya think about it.

Seal's picture
 Nov 19

What we know about Paris terrorists

-Not Syrian

-Not refugees

-No encryption

What the US is focusing on




earleflorida's picture

paris= ~ 10% muslim/arab pop.=~ 70% incarcerated

enough said

Blankone's picture

In other words Putin should have taken control of the sky's of Syria as soon as he started since NATO (as we already knew) supports and protects ISIS.  By allowing NATO to control portions of Syria's sky Putin has allowed ISIS to have safe havens and soon may have allowed NATO boots on the ground.  And we all know Putin will not attack anywhere close to NATO.

Putin may now just back off and solidify his hold on part of the western coast.  A not very easy position long term.

earleflorida's picture

NATO is against Russia being the only supplier of its overall energy needs.

The USSA controls all the world's energy via surrogate gov't with being gratuitously allowed to enjoy their own dictators... thus having only answering to their hegemonic Master.

Basically its, 'colonlialzation outside the circle, but inside a box'!

The USSA doesn't need ownership. All it needs is its 'subtle`threat' to shut out or overthrow any and all regimes that think independently outside the realm of a vassal state.

Demdere's picture

Pretty clear case of Treason, I believe.

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder ofTreason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.


The problem will be sorting out who to charge.  If the CIA has cooperated with ISIS, and is therefore, as an agency, guilty of Treason, are all of the other people in government who gave any in the CIA aid and comfort also guilty?

I think we should err on the side of justice here, and charge them all.

Just to remind everyone that this is a psyops game, and that anyone can play.  As a systems guy and player of games, I assure you that our distributed side of a periphery-vs-cental side of an evolutionary arms race is a guaranteed win.  It is our ingenuity against theirs, them mostly bureaucracies.

But we will become very poor.