The EU is apparently in talks with Turkey to join the EU, fueling concerns ISIS could use Turkish visas to strike anywhere in Europe.
“The EU will deepen sectoral cooperation with Turkey, while striving to anchor Turkish democracy in line with its accession criteria, including the normalization of relations with Cyprus,” a recently released EU document states. “The EU will therefore pursue the accession process – sticking to strict and fair accession conditionality – while coherently engaging in dialogue on counter-terrorism, regional security and refugees.”
“We will also work on a modernized customs union and visa liberalization, and cooperate further with Turkey in the fields of education, energy and transport.”
German chancellor Angel Merkel was pushing to allow Turkey into the EU, which was one of the primary reasons why the UK voted to leave the unelected bureaucracy; allowing Turkey in the EU would give nearly 75 million Muslims freedom of movement and jobs within member-states, and ISIS uses Turkey as a home base.
King Abdullah of Jordan even said Turkey was already exporting ISIS-linked terrorists to Europe.
“The fact that terrorists are going to Europe is part of Turkish policy,” the monarch said. “Turkey keeps on getting a slap on the hand, but they are let off the hook.”
And a Middle Eastern journalist, Dr. Nafeez Ahmed, revealed the extent of Turkey’s dealings with ISIS.
“A senior Western official familiar with a large cache of intelligence obtained this summer from a major raid on an ISIS safehouse told the Guardian that “direct dealings between Turkish officials and ranking ISIS members was now ‘undeniable,’” he reported in 2015. “The same official confirmed that Turkey, a longstanding member of NATO, is not just supporting ISIS, but also other jihadist groups, including Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.”
“‘The distinctions they draw [with other opposition groups] are thin indeed,’ said the official. ‘There is no doubt at all that they militarily cooperate with both.’”
Turkey did almost nothing to impede ISIS inside its borders before the terrorist attack at an Istanbul Ataturk airport on Tuesday, and ISIS militants were even routinely spotted riding Turkish public transportation without fear of harassment by government officials.
Turkey is also known to have given arms and training to ISIS to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who Turkey wants out of power, meaning that Turkish officials may exploit the Istanbul attack to invade Syria under the guise of “fighting ISIS.”