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    Daesh Leader's Mobile Phone Holds Proof of Turkey's Support

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    An Iraqi volunteer force commander said a mobile phone found on the person of a deceased Daesh militant proves that Turkey’s intelligence agency is providing support for the group.

    "The mobile phone was found with one of the killed ISIL leaders in the Northern parts of Salahuddin province two days ago," Jabbar al-Ma'mouri told Soumeriya news on Monday.

    He said the phone contains messages from Turkish intelligence proving that Ankara supports Daesh, also known as ISIL/Islamic State, by providing security at the points used by militants traveling from Turkey to Iraq.

    "The mobile phone also contains other important information which cannot be disclosed now, and it has been delivered to the specialized security groups for further scrutiny," Ma'mouri said.

    Russian Ambassador to France Alexander Orlov in November revealed that Turkey has played an “ambiguous” role in the campaign against Daesh while acting as an accomplice to the terrorist group's activities.

    Last month, former US State Department senior advisor David Phillips said Turkey provided material support to Daesh because Ankara shares an ideological connection with the group, along with a mutual enemy in Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    "Turkey's role has not been ambiguous – it has overtly supported the ISIL," said Phillips, who currently serves as director of Columbia University's Peace-building and Rights Program. "It has provided logistical support, money, weapons, transport and healthcare to wounded warriors."

    Phillips said Turkey has been supporting Daesh to remove Assad from power and because of a "spiritual bond" that exists between Turkey's governing party and the jihadists.

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      "Turkey has played an “ambiguous” role in the campaign against Daesh while acting as an accomplice to the terrorist group's activities. Some of the discussion writers guessed at this months if nor a year ago. It proves that there are some discerning individuals on here long before the evidence emerges. Keep up the good work, for all of us.
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      good work!!!!
    • Ivan Buckeye
      Connected by a spiritual bond? Is that what they're calling bands of criminals nowadays?
    • Terrain reply toIvan Buckeye(Show commentHide comment)
      Buckeye American,
      They will give their criminal organisation whatever name they can come up with as long as it can confuse the masses not to see whats behind the bloody curtains!
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      teddy j

      NOW what is needed is direct lines =-- somewhere out there -it exists --

      between turkey, isil -- and the master criminal of terrorists for 'regime change"

      USA -- and the american handlers...sooner or later it is .............there.
    • avatar
      There should be a weekly report at U.N reporting progress inn Syria and this mess. That way, west media cannot claim victories in Syria.
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      Zhukovin reply toIvan Buckeye(Show commentHide comment)
      Buckeye American, The spiritual bond is the shared Sunni fundamentalist ideology. This links Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Turkey, and the disenfranchised Baathist Iraqis from the 2003 US invasion and still ongoing occupation.
    • Mystic-One
      To be fair a number of other countries are complicit in supporting terrorism as well. Just for starters; Saudi Arabia, Israel etc.

      An in depth article bu Sputnik would be both informative and enlightening.
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      Syria Forever
      No matter how many fact will be delivered, the NATO-crime syndicate will deny.
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