“ISIS leaders plotting terror from Turkey”
by Roni Alasor
Brussels, 20 November 2019 - Middle East Diplomatic - Speaking to the CNN International, the head of Iraqi Military Intelligence told that ISIS leaders are plotting their terror actions from Turkey.
“The dossiers of nine alleged terror leaders, including top financiers with huge amounts of money to fund terror operations around the world, have been handed to Turkey. Senior ISIS figures known as “emirs” who have access to large amounts of cash and are forming new cells in Turkey”, said Lt. Gen. Saad al-Allaq to CNN : “The group escaped from ISIS` last stand in Baghouz in eastern Syria earlier this year and are currently in Turkey’s southeastern province of Gaziantep. Those elements who are right now in Turkey play a key role in the recruitment of fighters and terrorists,” he underlined.
ISIS lost all of its territory in the region six months ago, and tens of thousands of its fighters, including some 2,000 foreign nationals, and their families are being held in detention camps by the Kurdish-dominated SDF in northern Syria/ Rojava.
The Turkish offensive launched on 9th of October 2019 against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which played a key role in defeating ISIS, has sparked concerns of a possible revival of the jihadist organisation.
“Huge international efforts should be taken to deal with this issue because these criminals ... are able to leave these camps and go back to their countries and thus they pose great danger in countries like Europe, Asia and northwest Africa,” al-Allaq told CNN.