A top-secret German intelligence report, accidentally leaked to the public, has described Turkey as a “platform” for Islamists, and revealed that country’s official support for the ISIS-aligned Al Nusra Front in Syria.
In addition, the report said there was an “ideological affinity” between the Turkish government and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
The classified Bundesnachtrictendienst (BND) report was sent by accident to a lawmaker by a junior bureaucrat, and was then given to the public broadcaster ARD for dissemination.
The report noted that “the numerous statements of solidarity and action of support for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and groups of armed Islamist opposition in Syria, by the ruling party AKP and President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, underline their ideological affinity to the Muslim Brotherhood.
“As a result of a gradual Islamisation of domestic and foreign policy of Ankara since 2011, Turkey has developed into a central action platform for Islamist groups of the Near and Mid-East regions.”
Furthermore, the report revealed that the Turkish government has cooperated “for years with Islamist and terrorist organizations in the Middle East”—and that this policy is “actively supported by Erdogan.”
The Turkish government has also been financially supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt—which won that country’s first presidential election after Hosni Mubarak’s deposing, but was then thrown out of office by a military coup.
Finally, and most seriously, the report reveals that Turkey is directly involved in supporting and suppling the Al-Nusra Front in Syria—exactly what Syrian president Basheer al-Assad warned about a number of years ago.
The Al-Nusra Front, or Jabhat al-Nusra, sometimes called al-Qaeda in Syria or al-Qaeda in the Levant, was the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda until 2016, and has been designated by the U.S. Government and the United Nations Security Council as a terrorist organization.
In 2015, the Al-Nusra Front joined the Army of Conquest, or Jaish al-Fatah, one of the largest ISIS-affiliated jihadist armies in Northwestern Syria. In July 2016, Al-Nusra changed its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham [Front for the Conquest of Syria].
The secret report is severely embarrassing for German chancellor Angela Merkel, who has built a policy of friendship with Turkey and Erdogan, and for those European Union bureaucrats who have worked so long to allow Turkey to join the EU.