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June 10, 2010

Turkish Government Behind Terrorist Flotilla?

I assumed the terrorist flotilla sailed with full knowledge and indirect support of the Erdogan government.  Now it seems they may have been an active participant that monstrous plot.

The IHH operatives maintained close ties with Erdogan, report says.

A report released this week by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) said new details have emerged which show how approximately 40 operatives from the Turkish Islamist IHH organization  carefully prepared a violent ambush on navy commandos last week on board the Mavi Maramara ship, and acted with the full backing of the Turkish government.

The ITIC said its report was based on an initial analysis of  statements taken from passengers onboard Mavi Marmara after it was  towed to the port of Ashdod last week, as well as findings from  computers seized by the IDF from IHH members.

“The operatives, who acted according to a clearly-defined internal hierarchy, boarded the ship in the port of Istanbul without undergoing a security inspection as opposed to the other passengers, who boarded in Anatolia after a full inspection,” the report said.

“The IHH operatives’ preparations included handing out walkie-talkies as they boarded the ship, taking over the upper deck, setting up a situation room for communications, and a briefing given to the operatives two hours before the confrontation by IHH head Bülent Yildirim, who was on board the ship and commanded his men,” it continued.

“The passengers, including the IHH operatives, stated that there were close relations between the organization and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and that the Turkish government was involved in preparations for the flotilla,” the report asserted.

A journalist onboard the Mavi Marmara, described as having good links with the heads of the Turkish government and Bulent Yildirim, head of the IHH, had stated, “The flotilla was organized with the support of the Turkish government and Prime Minister Erdogan gave the instructions for it to set sail. That was despite the fact that everyone knew it would never reach its destination,” according to the report.

“[The] IHH acquired the Mavi Marmara ship from the AKP-run municipality of Istanbul. It is not conceivable that the IHH’s Gaza operation could have been carried out absent high-level government sanction,” wrote Svante Cornell, a Swedish security expert who
specializes in Eurasia, in an article published on Monday.

Cornell, of Stokholm’s Central Asia-Caucus Institute, said the IHH was “an example of how NGOs are used in the foreign policy sphere,” adding, “The IHH operates joint projects with the Turkish Agency for
International Development, and is reported to have been used by the government in order to shore up Turkey’s position in northern Iraq by distributing aid to populations there.
The IHH has its origins in the Orthodox Islamic Milli Görüş movement, from which the AKP
organizationally split in 2001.”

During the speech, which was filled with references to “martyrdom,” Yildirim said,  “All the peoples of the Islamic world would want a leader like [Turkish prime minister] Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.”


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