Turkey Halts Reporting on Weapon Transfers to Syria Rebels

AP Photo via Militant Website
AP Photo via Militant Website

Turkey banned all media, including social networks, from reporting claims that the nation’s intelligence agency sent weapons to Syrian rebels in 2014. Documents alleging this contradict Turkish government claims they do not militarily aid the rebels and only sent humanitarian relief.

Twitter account @LazapeM posted the documents. The account does not state a name, but the owner appears to be a hacker. Once the government disconnected the account in Turkey, notorious hacking groups, including Anonymous, jumped to his rescue and republished the documents. The posts forced The Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTUK) to pass the ban. The AFP reported that Twitter removed the tweets and suspended the account, but it still exists in America.

In January 2013, Turkish police stopped seven trucks headed to Syria on suspicions of weapon smuggling. Those police officers “are currently being tried for ‘spying.’” If convicted, they all face life sentences. Turkish government officials dismissed the prosecutor in charge of the truck case and stopped the investigation.

Turkey sided with the rebels when the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Turkish TV the country “will pay a heavy price for backing rebels fighting against him.” He has also claimed Turkey harbors terrorists.

“It is not possible to put terrorism in your pocket and use it as a card,” he said. “It is like a scorpion which won’t hesitate to sting you at the first opportunity. In the near future, these terrorists will have an impact and Turkey will pay a heavy price for it.”

In October, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the United States they should topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad along with the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).


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