In an exclusive interview with RT journalists from Cumhuriyet, one of the few remaining independent newspapers in Turkey, shared what they know about Ankara’s alleged connections with Islamic State.
"Those who sent the convoy from Turkey knew that the weapons were heading to end [up] in ISIL hands," one of them said.
"There was that flag that belongs to ISIL… [it could be seen] very clearly [from] Turkish border line," the journalist added.
Turkish officials made contradictory statements after the paper blew the whistle, first saying that the arms "were going to the Free Syrian Army," then denying the delivery altogether, and then saying the "aid was destined for the Turkmen."
"When you ask [the government] who [the Turkmen] are, they tell you that those are our guys," another Cumhuriyet journalist told RT.
"[There is] no difference between ISIS and the other guys. I think there is a problem with the labels here, because all the world is focused on ISIL, but there are other jihadist groups there, and they have links with Al-Nusra or ISIL, [while] Turkey says 'we are helping those groups – not ISIL'”, the Turkish journalist added.