Sunday, October 28, 2018

Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch: Iraqi National Police General says Turkey is helping the Islamic State rebuild in Iraq

Iraqi National Police General says Turkey is helping the Islamic State rebuild in Iraq

Back in 2015, in my book The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS, I noted that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was aiding the Islamic State in the ultimate hope of co-opting its caliphate and making it part of his own revived Ottoman caliphate. Even though the Islamic State has suffered severe losses in Iraq and Syria, Erdogan has not given up on that hope.
“Police Chief: Turkey Fueling Islamic State Pipeline to Iraq,” by Kenneth R. Timmerman, Breitbart, October 25, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is helping the Islamic State (ISIS) rebuild a clandestine terror network inside Iraq that poses an ongoing security threat, according to Iraqi National Police Brigadier General Aref al-Zebari.
In an interview in his Mosul office, General Zebari detailed a series of recent arrests of ISIS fighters who had gone to ground in the Mosul area after the end of major military operations last year.
“We found one cell of seventeen fighters trying to reconstitute themselves into an active terror cell,” General Zebari said. “When we arrested them, they were carrying fake IDs, money, weapons, and communications equipment. They told our interrogators, ’our leaders are in Turkey.’”
ISIS continues to be led by foreign fighters – Chechens, Afghans, Syrians, and Pakistanis – based inside Turkey, General Zebari said: “Here in Mosul, they are moving into new neighborhoods. During the occupation, there were around 30,000 to 35,000 ISIS fighters in Mosul. Of those, 7,000 were killed, 7,000 escaped, and 7,000 we arrested. We believe around three to four hundred remain underground.”
To avoid attracting attention to their activities, he noted, ISIS is increasingly using women as couriers. “Just two weeks ago, we arrested a woman who was distributing money to ISIS families in and around Mosul,” General Zebari said. “She told us that her leader was in Turkey.”
“In recent months, we have arrested forty women just in our sector, which is East Mosul. These women are being used to reconstitute ISIS and handle communications, logistics, messages, and money. They were protected and aided by the Turkish government,” he said.
Asked about reports that Turkish President Erdogan’s daughter had built hospitals just inside Turkey along the Syrian border to treat wounded ISIS fighters, General Zebari was unequivocal. “That is true. We see an ongoing pipeline to ISIS from Turkey. If ISIS reappears, it will be because of Turkey.”
On the upside, General Zebari believes that ISIS is finished in Mosul itself. “The people have rejected ISIS and inform us of their movements,” General Zebari said….

ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is the author of eighteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (Regnery Publishing) and The Truth About Muhammad (Regnery Publishing). His latest book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS (Bombardier Books).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He is a consultant with the Center for Security Policy.
Spencer is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning NewsFox News OpinionNational ReviewThe FederalistThe Hill, the Detroit NewsTownHall.comReal Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National PostMiddle East QuarterlyWorldNet DailyFirst ThingsInsight in the NewsAleteia, and many other journals. For nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has also served as a contributing writer to the Investigative Project on Terrorism and as an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation.