Turkey’s role in the fight against ISIS in Syria may be even more complicated than expected: a former Islamic State member reportedly claimed the country routinely communicates with the group, letting it cross the border to fight Kurdish troops.
In a report by Newsweek, the former Islamic State communications technician – dubbed “Sherko Omer” in order to protect his identity – said the extremist group considers Turkey an ally as it continues to battle Kurds in Syrian towns like Kobani.
“ISIS and Turkey cooperate together on the ground on the basis that they have a common enemy to destroy, the Kurds,” he told the magazine.
Notably, Omer said he personally brought together Islamic State commanders inside of Syria and people in Turkey “innumerable” times. The connection is reportedly so strong that the two sides primarily communicate in Turkish, not Arabic.
The allegations don’t end there, however. Omer added that it…
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