Police Chief: Turkey Fueling Islamic State Pipeline To Iraq

From Breitbart:
The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is helping the Islamic State (ISIS) rebuild a clandestine terror network inside Iraq that poses an ongoing security threat, according to Iraqi National Police Brigadier General Aref al-Zebari.

In an interview in his Mosul office, General Zebari detailed a series of recent arrests of ISIS fighters who had gone to ground in the Mosul area after the end of major military operations last year.

“We found one cell of seventeen fighters trying to reconstitute themselves into an active terror cell,” General Zebari said. “When we arrested them, they were carrying fake IDs, money, weapons, and communications equipment. They told our interrogators, ’our leaders are in Turkey.’”

ISIS continues to be led by foreign fighters – Chechens, Afghans, Syrians, and Pakistanis – based inside Turkey, General Zebari said: “Here in Mosul, they are moving into new neighborhoods. During the occupation, there were around 30,000 to 35,000 ISIS fighters in Mosul. Of those, 7,000 were killed, 7,000 escaped, and 7,000 we arrested. We believe around three to four hundred remain underground.”

To avoid attracting attention to their activities, he noted, ISIS is increasingly using women as couriers. “Just two weeks ago, we arrested a woman who was distributing money to ISIS families in and around Mosul,” General Zebari said. “She told us that her leader was in Turkey.”

“In recent months, we have arrested forty women just in our sector, which is East Mosul. These women are being used to reconstitute ISIS and handle communications, logistics, messages, and money. They were protected and aided by the Turkish government,” he said.

Asked about reports that Turkish President Erdogan’s daughter had built hospitals just inside Turkey along the Syrian border to treat wounded ISIS fighters, General Zebari was unequivocal. “That is true. We see an ongoing pipeline to ISIS from Turkey. If ISIS reappears, it will be because of Turkey.”

On the upside, General Zebari believes that ISIS is finished in Mosul itself. “The people have rejected ISIS and inform us of their movements,” General Zebari said….

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