The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) intends to inaugurate its first diplomatic mission in Istanbul in order to provide consular services for all who wish to join the extremist group in Iraq, reported Turkish daily Aydinlik as saying.
Abu-Omar Al-Tunisi, the ISIS de facto head of foreign relations issued a statement, saying that the Islamic Caliphate is determined to launch its first diplomatic mission in a friendly and Muslim country. He further noted that the ISIS hopes that the bilateral relations with Ankara will witness more developments under the aegis of newly-elected president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
ISIS also claims that its consulate in Istanbul will pay the hospital bills of all wounded Islamist militants who traveled to turkey to receive medical treatment.
CHP (Republican People’s Party) , a leading Turkish opposing party issued a communique condemning Turkish government decision to allow ISIS to open a legal diplomatic office in Çankaya – the central and elegant metropolitan district of the city of Istanbul.
Earlier, the Turkish Prime Minster Ahmet Davutoglu acknowledged that Turkish diplomats, kidnapped by ISIS militants when Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city was seized in early-June, were released in a prisoner exchange deal with ISIS.
For what it’s woth, the news outlet mentioned in the first paragraph tweeted this out today:
— Aydinlik Daily (@AydinlikDaily) September 29, 2014
Indeed, it appears they’re very comfy in Turkey.
A number of anonymous security officials have told Aydınlık Newspaper that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is able to operate easily in major Turkish cities due to the ruling AKP government’s tolerance towards the organization.
“ISIS militants are so relaxed that they do not even cut their beards, change their clothes to hide their identities [in cities]. Of course, there are some who do. But organisers do not think that they need to hide themselves. They act as they wish in Istanbul, Konya, Gaziantep and Hatay.”
Upon the question why the government does not do something about it, security officials responded: “Militants operate either in police or gendarmerie areas. It is not possible that their operations are not within their knowledge. But the government does not order forces to do something. We hear some really astonishing things. The headquarters send orders to units. They say us not to stop or fine some cars. We have heard that some of these cars belong to ISIS militants. What do you expect the security forces to do then?”