Has Turkey used its national airline for weapons shipments to Nigeria?
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The gist of their brief conversation in Turkish, according to the Arabic transcript, is that weapons were being transferred from Turkey to Nigeria — and that there was a concern that the weapons might kill not just Christians but Muslims.
According to [Egyptian TenTV host Nasha't] al-Deyhi, this is proof positive that Turkey is the one supplying Boko Haram with its weapons — including sophisticated weapons — the source of which has long puzzled observers.
It appears that Erdogan's sponsorship of terrorism may not be limited to neighboring Middle Eastern nations; it may have reached deep into Africa.
A serious investigation with possible sanctions is in order. Concerning Turkey's increasingly suspect role in supporting jihadists — most recently, ISIS's slain leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was found hiding in Syria's "last refuge" for jihadi rebels, just three miles from Turkey's border — one of the least mentioned is Turkey's apparent alliance with the "other" ISIS, that in Nigeria, Boko Haram.
On a recent episode of bi'l waraqa wa'l qalam ("With Paper and Pen"), an Egyptian news program that airs on TenTV, its host, Nasha't al-Deyhi, said:
Leaked information confirms that Turkey is a terrorist state; it supports terrorists — including with weapons. It supports terrorists with weapons. This time, however, not in Syria ... Today's leak confirms without doubt that Erdogan, his state, his government, and his party are transferring weapons from Turkey to — this is a shock, to where you may ask — to Nigeria; and to whom? — to the Boko Haram organization.
He then played an intercepted audio of what he said were Mustafa
Varank (currently Turkey's Minister of Industry and Technology) and
Mehmet Karatas (a manager at the partly state-owned Turkish Airlines).The gist of their brief conversation in Turkish, according to the
Arabic transcript, is that weapons were being transferred from Turkey to
Nigeria — and that there was a concern that the weapons might kill not
just Christians but Muslims.
(This audio clip would seem to be the same leaked recording that was first reported by international media outlets in 2014. Varank served as Senior Advisor to Recep Tayyip Erdogan between 2011 and 2018)