While President Barack Obama puts together what appears to be another perpetual war alliance, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is determined to put together a real regional alliance to fight terror. In a commentary in the government-linked Al Ahram Weekly entitled “Forging a Regional Strategy,” it reports that el-Sisi could make this a center of his speech before the United Nations General Assembly later this month.
The article quotes an unnamed presidential aide as having said, “It is very clear the threat posed by terrorism in the region is no longer an exclusively regional concern. We are now seeing the U.S. acting to face up to it, and we have already seen European countries providing help to regional parties in their fight against terror,” says the aide. “He will tell the world that the entire region could collapse into chaos if immediate action is not taken to halt supplies of money, arms. and militants. In his meetings in New York he will be pressing for a comprehensive approach to combat terror across the region.”
The important point made here is the demand to “halt supplies of money, arms, and manpower” and a “comprehensive approach,” which Obama is not talking about.
The aide added that in El-Sisi’s meetings in New York, he will also raise “the fact that some regional parties are providing support to radical Muslim groups to destabilize the Egyptian regime. We will ask our friends to pressure these parties to refrain from tampering with Egypt’s stability.” This is an obvious reference to Qatar and Turkey.
“El-Sisi is not keen on sending soldiers beyond Egypt’s borders, and he is not at all keen on a go-it-alone approach, not even in Libya, which is proving to be a serious national security headache,” said another close advisor to El-Sisi. The President’s eventual decision, he said, will depend on how much resolve there is in the international community to eliminate the influence of terror groups in the region.
The terrorist threat to Egypt is the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which has killed hundreds of members of the Egyptian security forces over the last year and has the support of ISIS. While claiming to be ideologically Islamist, the group is known to be involved in weapons and drug smuggling in the Sinai. They are active in the Gaza Strip and are key in smuggling weapons into Gaza. It is said they are killers for hire and now have been contracted by the Muslim Brotherhood.
A more serious threat comes from the situation in Libya, where there is an ongoing civil war. The Egyptian government is working with the official government and is helping to train the army and security forces.
Turkish Opposition Deputy Reveals High Level of Participation in ISIL from Turkey
Both President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron met, during the Wales NATO summit, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is one of the leaders of the Sunni alliance, to discuss the new alliance they are trying to glue together against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The fact that this Anglo-American-led alliance exists only to perpetuate permanent warfare in the region, is underlined again by another exposure of the fact that the ISIL is being supported directly out of Turkey with the blessing of Erdogan—as well as its sponsorship by the British Empire and the Saudi Kingdom.
According to the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman, a deputy from the main opposition Republican People’s Party, Atilla Kart, stated in a press conference on Sept. 3 that as many as 7% of the 9,000 to 12,000 fighters of ISIL are Turkish.
“The Konya region, which ranges from Kirikkale province to Kirsehir province, the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, and the cities of Istanbul, Ankara and Bursa are where the number of people joining ISIL is high,” Kart said
Kart accused the government of not controlling its borders in order to prevent its citizens from joining ISIL, nor is it doing enough to halt the flow of weapons to terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Kart also noted that despite the fact that months have passed, ISIL still holds 49 Turkish hostages, including diplomatic staff, taken from the Turkish Consulate General in Mosul.
“When it comes to Turkish citizens’ participation in ISIL, it is clear that some associations, charitable institutions, Muslim theological schools (madrassas) and many other local organizations play an active role in convincing and helping people to join the terrorist group. There are active groups who are assigned to brainwash people and get them to join ISIL. Those groups are widely known both by the government and the public,” the CHP deputy noted. “Since they are publicly known, it is out of the question that police departments do not know about them. Those groups are explicitly working on behalf of ISIL in cities across Turkey. It is impossible not to see irresponsibility in this. The government must explain to us how and why those groups are able to easily engage in propaganda on behalf of terrorist groups. In recent years we have seen high levels of participation in the Free Syrian Army in Syria, and nowadays there is an increasing number of people going to join ISIL in Iraq,” Kart said.
Kart further asserted that 423 people from Russia, 350 from Serbia, 296 from Belgium, 140 from Kosovo, and 140 people from Albania have joined the ISIL since the beginning of the year. He also released detailed information regarding 90 Turkish citizens who are now fighting with the Free Syrian Army. “Unfortunately, the Turkish government has not carried out any detailed study regarding the Turkish citizens who left Turkey and joined the Syrian war. Moreover, how did the government fail to realize that 90 Turkish citizens went to Syria to join the war? Who organized the recruitment of those people? Why does Turkish intelligence not have any detailed information about those people?” Kart demanded to know.
Germany’s ARD TV last month ran a documentary claiming that ISIL has a liaison office in Istanbul’s Fatih district, which distributes EU400 to fighters, who are given assistance to enter Syria. The story is said to be based on information the station received from sources in the European Commission. The Turkish government has denied these claims.