Turkey seems to be scraping the bottom of the barrel with this Hail Mary pass to blame the EU for the terrorism problem in the Mid East, while denying its own involvement. But this is a win-win for us here at VT and the world public, because both sides are doing it and the conspiracy theory dodge is now toast.An excerpt from, "Jordan's king accuses Turkey of sending terrorists to Europe" By David Hearst, Middle East Eye, March 25, 2016:
We have long written about how the major Intel agencies were aware of state-sponsored terrorism, not just their own of course, and obvious opponents, but also for allies.
King Abdullah of Jordan accused Turkey of exporting terrorists to Europe at a top level meeting with senior US politicians in January, the MEE can reveal.An excerpt from, "Turkish officials: Europe wanted to export extremists to Syria" By Kareem Shaheen, The Guardian, March 25, 2016:
The king said Europe’s biggest refugee crisis was not an accident, and neither was the presence of terrorists among them: “The fact that terrorists are going to Europe is part of Turkish policy and Turkey keeps on getting a slap on the hand, but they are let off the hook.”
Asked by one of the congressmen present whether the Islamic State group was exporting oil to Turkey, Abdullah replied: ”Absolutely.”
Turkish officials have accused European governments of attempting to export their Islamic extremist problem to Syria, saying the EU has failed to secure its own borders or abide by pledges to share intelligence and cooperate in fighting the jihadist threat.
The failures were outlined by Turkish officials to the Guardian through several documented instances of foreign fighters leaving Europe while travelling on passports registered on Interpol watchlists, arriving from European airports with luggage containing weapons and ammunition, and being freed after being deported from Turkey despite warnings that they have links to foreign fighter networks.
“We were suspicious that the reason they want these people to come is because they don’t want them in their own countries,” a senior Turkish security official told the Guardian. “I think they were so lazy and so unprepared and they kept postponing looking into this until it became chronic.”