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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Ms No's picture

I wonder if this supports accusations that the US has funded cartels in Mexico to the extent that Mexico is now nearly a failed state.  The cartels make their money off meth, heroin, prostitution etc, and the US keep "accidentally" arming them and after years of "fighting" cartels they have only grown stronger and now basically control the country.  

Like in France the cartels are given free entry to the US, Perhaps we should expect the same outcome eventually with the Mexican cartels as we have seen with ISIS.

earleflorida's picture

Turkeys gets 80% of all its energy needs from: drumroll please....

Russia and Turkey!

so, guess where isis oil tankers were going...?

if you said into turkish 'strategic energy reserves' and filling all its exporting hub ports to the max as a reserve from 'blowback' this winter and spring...

your probably correct and also the monies as a 'energy slush fund' to buy directly from azerbaijan via the israelites transmission network

yogibear's picture

More and more evidence shows up that the US and NATO supported ISIS.

That $500 million in US equipment and TOW missiles supplied by the CIA.

YHC-FTSE's picture

I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong but I've been looking at the video of the russian S&R helicopter being blown up with the TOW missile and I think it's the latest wireless model supplied to the US army in 2013. Not the old wire guided ones that people have been mentioning.

uhland62's picture

Got a problem with buying friends and allies? How else could you bring on your side? 

The American taxpayer loves it or it would stop.

WTFUD's picture

Time for the Russian Death Squads and Cruise Missiles on Turkey.

Let the dice fall where they will. I'm reaching the point of not caring and no way want to be looking over my shoulder for the next levy of False Flags & State Subversion.

charlie303's picture
charlie303 (not verified) WTFUD Nov 25, 2015 2:58 AM

It's a mess, it's ugly and it's going to get worse.

I understand how you feel.

I do care and in whatever way possible will protest for peace in the longer term.

scaleindependent's picture

The linked article is pretty devastating.

Shame on us  a 

news printer's picture
McInerney: Turkey Shooting Down Russian Plane Was a 'Very Bad Mistake'


McInerney said that while he was a NORAD commander in Alaska they would never have done anything like this.

"This airplane was not making any maneuvers to attack the territory," McInerney said. "It was probably pressing the limits, that's fair. But you don't shoot 'em down just because of that."

YHC-FTSE's picture

If one believes Sibel Edmond's analysis on Operation Gladio B, specifically centred on NATO and the CIA's fostering of criminal organizations to do their dirty work for them, extending so far as to breaking Interpol's most wanted criminals out of prisons to work for them, then Turkey's role in fostering ISIS in Syria and the Uyghurs in Xinjiang make perfect sense. It compliments the efforts of the war hawks in Washington who benefit from conflict: The neocon zionazis, the MIC and others (Israel foremost, but Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and Turkey who use the fear of terrorism as a pretext to keep them in power and excuse their military expansion)

The question remains, who is actually conducting this asymmetric warfare? Who are the real puppet masters? My money is on the neocons and the MIC.

Whoever it may be, a pattern of behaviour is emerging to start a major world war by poking at Russia to the extreme point of no return. Consider Ukraine and its PM: Yatsenyuk (Supported by US State Dept Victoria Nuland and NATO as the face of the Kiev coup) announcing on national tv that he would burn all Russian speakers alive. Then this actually taking place all over Ukraine, most famously at Odessa perpetrated by another Zionazi and Israeli dual national Igor Kolomoisky. Even the current president Poroshenko now admits that the 2014 euromaidan "revolution" was a coup d'etat. As if this wasn't incitement enough, we've had almost a continuous diet of MSM demonization of Putin with several hundred fake "Russian invasion" reports and the downing of MH17. At the same time, NATO mechanized troops have been gathering (In the case of Baltic States) a mere few hundred feet from the Russian border.

Fast forward to last month and it is a Russian passenger jet blown up with 224 lives on board by "ISIS" - which most people know by now is funded, trained, and supplied by various parties including Langley. This week and this time it is a Russian jet fighting ISIS and its ilk shot down over the Syrian border by an actual NATO Turkish F16 jet. Then Youtube videos emerge of FSA rebels killing its ejected pilot and navigator. To crown the whole thing off, a Russian Search and Rescue helicopter is blown up with a US-made TOW missile. Provocations rarely come this extreme and so serendipitously for the provocateurs.

My two cents: There is a pattern to provoke a direct major war with Russia by Victoria Nuland/Kagan and her ilk. It's insane and it's happening. This latest incident is a lure to force Russia into rash action that will be used as the "proof" that has been so lacking to date to demonize Putin in the msm worldwide to hearten the public to taste the blood of war. Sadly, it is delusional to think anyone will survive the full scale nuclear exchange this war may initiate. The tiny portion of humanity left will most likely be rendered sterile by the radiation from thousands of broken and unattended nuclear power stations around the globe. It's game over if this is allowed to continue. But maybe sanity will prevail and it will be a footnote in the annals of close calls.

Crawdaddy's picture

I notice Sebel Edmonds seems to be prospering quite nicely despite accusing the "bad guys" who have magical powers to destroy anyone, anywhere...

My guess is she is on the payroll of the real bad guys.

KashNCarry's picture

Russian restraint and rational, measured response is what is keeping the better angels of our spiecies alive... Nuclear war would be playing nto the hands of the paracticing death cultists...

Max UK's picture

I disagree, wrt on whom humanity's fate rests. Russian restraint is perceived as weakness, and is inviting yet further NATO aggression. Restraint is only postponing a showdown.

The real struggle has been lost already, without even a battle of note; the hijacking of western states by a cabal of maniacs, and the hijacking of all the apparatus of state checks and balances. The West is now effectively a war machine, and citizenry did nothing, and sees nothing.

The citizenry through their pig ignorance, both at a base level and at all levels of officialdom, are unwitting accomplices of said death cultists. To assume that the fate of humanity depends on what Russia does, is to conveniently edit out the monumental and game-changing negligence of the i-zombie western populace.

omniversling's picture

Thanks for the tight synopsis..logged in to upvote.. was listening to Edmonds this morning. Other researchers may be interested in her interviews with James Corbett:

HowdyDoody's picture

Turkey was also up to its neck in supporting Chechen jihadists used against Russia. They were both a transit route and a location for training camps.


. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

Put Dick Pound on fake passport watch.

Crawdaddy's picture

Harry Srotch deserves a second look as well.

Wahooo's picture

Weren't Hillary's weapons from Benghazi shipped to Syria via Turkey?

22winmag's picture

Not enough real enemies?


Manufacture some!

Anunnaki's picture

It's worse than we think. Obama has given Erdogan thego ahead to seize Syrian Turkmen villages at the G20 gathering

Shooting the plane down in Syrian territory is ipso facto a Turkish No Fly Zone

That is why it has happened now. Expect Turkish vs Russian air battles as Turkey defends its ill gotten gains

Anunnaki's picture

Time to turn Mount Turken into Anthill Turkmen

Come on Lemonhead, take off your blinders these sre not your partners nor your friends. Arm PKK to the teeth. Dtart bombing ISIS in Iraq and you better put troops on alert in Armenia andDonetsk

World War III is upon us

Anunnaki's picture

Green Arrow World War III* by Roman/Western Christmas
Red arrow WW III by Orthodox Christmas

*defined as air battles between Turkey and Russia where NATO backs Turkey by bombing Assad's positions overtly

Dr. Bonzo's picture

Very credible mainstream-available evidence links the 9/11 attacks to the CIA, Mossad, Pakistani intelligence and Saudi Arabia. Why should we be surprised? The PNAC policy paper stated plain as day for all to read regime change in Syria, Iraq and Iran. A casual look back at the mideast wars of the last 14 years suggest this very dynamic was at play and remains at play. That the mideast becomes even more destabilized isn't considered an issue of consequence. This is the chief miscalculation by the Masters of the Universe. Israel is territorially not large enough to survive a serious nuclear attack, and the increased nuclear proliferation and enmity engendered by this fucktarded regime change obsession all but guarantees this outcome. It's not an issue of if, but when.


Phillyguy's picture

The goal of US/NATO (including France)/GCC is regime change in Syria. This goal has not changed, Paris attacks notwithstanding. Turkey functions as a US/NATO vassal state, doing the west’s bidding. Sultan Erdogan’s dreams of a neo-Ottoman empire may well end up turning Turkey in a smoldering mass of rubble.

Pliskin's picture

There's a few ways this could go down, my hope is as follows;

There's an emergency gathering of the U.N. where Putin shows evidence of Turkey's involvment with arming and funding ISIS.

The U.N. takes a vote on sanctioning Turkey (U.K. will abstain - pussies and U.S./Israel will vote against - Fucktards) but the majority of countries will say 'Yes'.

Erdogan himself will be implicated in what construes to War Crimes, and he will start to spill the beans on anyone and everyone involved (He's hardly A Delta Force/S.A.S tough guy, this little bitch would blab as soon as looked at)

All the countries he implicates will go into self-defence mode, covering their own backs and blaming each other.

The outcome will be Turkey, Saudi, Qatar and possibly Kuwait/Ukraine (Depending on how much he blabs) will all be sanctioned.

The price of oil will shoot up (Taking these big oil producers out of the game) and Russia will reap the benefits of all that extra income.

Russia will then start trading oil and gas in either Rubles, Yuan or Gold (Maybe even Euros)

The petrodollar will be finished.

Mass civil unrest will take place in many of the countries involved in this; U.S.A Saudi, Qatar, U.A.E Ukraine and maybe a few European countries.

New governments will be installed that are not pyschopathic, warmongering, evil little cunts.

The world will enter a phase of peacefulness, economic growth and stability.

We (us serfs) will live happily ever after.

The final scene is Hillary putting a gun in her mouth and pulling the trigger.

Fade to black, roll credits, and it's a huge success.

Probably wrong, but I've had a few drinks and I don't care.

redd_green's picture

And all these years I thought it was Nato who was harboring Al Qaeda, ISIS, CIA, Mossad, KGB, whatever you want to call them.

grunk's picture

It's time for the media to rehabilitate the ISIS image from fanatical extremists into fierce fighters for liberty.

JohnFrodo's picture

The takeover of Rushbaldi revealed the facts above long ago.

IronForge's picture

Smoking guns, planes, and missiles.

Just read an article on PM Medvyedev commenting on Mr. Erdogan's Islamification Agenda and the ever emphasized TRKish ISIL Connections.  With such an organization like ISIL and other anti-Europe/America/Rest-of-the-World-Civilizations Groups(remember, interviewed moderate rebels want to take over the Rest of the West), can an Islamist Nation-State truly bond in a NATO/EU Confederacy for long?

Or, should we consider a "Taller Fences make for Good Neighbors" approach; and trade/travel in a reserved fashion and on an "as needed/business/humanitarian" bases? 

Since TRK aides ISIL, should FRA and other NATO/EU Members isolate TRK and engage them as being "Allied with ISIL"? Can anyone fighting ISIL trust TRK?  If FRA/NATO were to use Airstrips/Ports/Bases in TRK-land, wiould they be subject to ISIL and Sympathizer Terror Attacks and Cover Ups? 

Tough Questions.  Some EU/NATO Officials are beginning to trash TRK as an ISIL Islamic Extremist Country unworthy of Membership.  In all fairness, I'd reconsider as well if I were in their shoes.

Just a thought.  I spent some time in the Gulf with Davey Jones' Fleet; and found some places pleasant to Work in (I don't drink much; and Sea Duty is Work Centered for the dedicated Officers, so evenings were nice and quiet for me in Port.  Drunken dumbasses who caused Courts-Martial Level Offenses didn't get sent back to the Ship - usually arrested, detained, and deported(and sometimes discharged/sent to Jail) , so I didn't have too many Conduct Cases to Discipline).  Given a Career Deal, I probably wouldn't mind going on a few Projects there as a Civilian.

Mike Masr's picture

North Atlantic Terrorist Organization

DeadFinks's picture

So, is it time for the US to stage a terror event that sacrifices lives to attempt to show that ISIS is the "enemy"?

Mike Masr's picture
What is ISIS? A U.S. smokescreen for regime change and war ops


Sir John Bagot Glubb's picture

Other than the fact that Russia wants a Gazprom pipeline to run through Northern Iraq and through Syria to the Mediterranean, so they can have an outlet on the Mediterranean, I don't understand why anyone gives a rat's ass about Syria.  That said, there is evidence that the French "terror" attacks on Nov. 13 were not jihad but a government op or false flag attack.  There is no evidence that the so-called "terrorists" were the least religious and the drive-by terrorists whom the media doesn't even mention were professionals and one was even allegedly white. So what is the point of getting the masses in France and the rest of Europe, not to mention the masses here, all ginned up about ISIS?  War with Russia or even a rag tag ISIS can't be that great of an option for the Climate Change Communists in charge of the West.  Nothing makes sense.   

uhland62's picture

That makes two of them, because the gas companies who want to sell gas from Qatar also want that pipeline route. In fact that's when Assad fell out of favour, when he looked at the contract and said Nah.

We cannot give a rat's ass about Syria because there is no such thing as Syria. There are Allawites, Sunnis, Shia, Kurds, Yazidis, Turkmen, some Christians and Jews. When the bombs fell on Iraq, many Iraqis fled there but I don't know which tribes or religions.

 If they had been left to their own devices maybe the conflicts could have burnt out with less damage and costs.  

onmail1's picture

erDOGan hah ha 

a poodle of Satan America, has to promote terrorism

its in the blood of turks

for more than thousand years turks have been destroying human civilisation similar to ISIS

They must perform 

The Asuras of the asura world , your clan leader AsuraMuhammed is calling you