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Right, this interview conducted by Anne Speckhard with a supposed ISIS emir named Abu Mansour al Maghrebi, who she describes as "ISIS' Ambassador to Turkey" is full of errors and problematic leaps in logic (to put it very politely). hstoday.us/subject-matter…
Abu Mansour claims he was leading ISIS logistical operations on TR-SYR border. In Turkish-language literature on ISIS, there is an “Ebu Mansur” who is documented (in wiretaps & indictments) as providing funds to the logistical border operations of the ISIS in Turkey structure.
We do know some of the names of ISIS in TR operatives who were part of the border logistics work. Speckhard does not ask Abu Mansour the names of his counterparts on the TR side of the border. What we do know though is that Ebu Mansur was replaced in late 2014 by Ebu Suheyf.
(Reference for quote: page 332 of @DoguEroglu’s book “IŞİD Ağları: Türkiye’de Radikalleşme, Örgütlenme, Lojistik”)
Abu Mansour claims: "There are ISIS guys living in Turkey, individuals & groups, but no armed groups inside Turkey". I don't know what his definition of "armed" is but ISIS in TR was producing its own IEDs & when police conducted raids in Konya & Gaziantep met armed resistance.
So Abu Mansour was successful in getting Speckhard in jumping to the conclusion he wanted her to reach. #Hmm 🤔 (One way incarcerated members of ISIS can wield leverage is through exaggeration of their own role, and cooperating with law enforcement, researchers, intel, etc.)
Apparently these deals that Abu Mansour was making with Turkish Intelligence and other undisclosed high-level officials meant that ISIS agreed not carry out attacks inside Turkey. Except that ISIS did, first recorded attack: 20 March 2014.
Everyone in Syria and it’s neighbouring countries (where possible) brought oil from ISIS; this was not some ploy to support ISIS but a) need for fuel within Syria, b) simple opportunism. By the time the smuggled oil got to TR border, it had changed hands several times.
The point about ISIS prisoners being released in exchange for the Turkish Mosul Consulate staff has been in public domain since October 2014. theguardian.com/world/2014/oct… Contrary to Abu Mansour’s claim of 500, Turkish outlets at the time were reporting that circa 180 were released.
On the one hand Abu Mansour claims he was meeting Turkish Intelligence operatives in Gaziantep and Ankara and on the other hand he was cautious of Turkish taxi drivers, smugglers because they might be... Turkish Intelligence assets. Again #hmmm 🤔
Again, I can’t reiterate this enough. First ISIS attack on Turkish soil was March 2014 (small incident). Next was June 2015, bombing of HDP rally in Diyarbakır, then Suruç bombing in July, then Ankara in October, then Sultanahmet bombing in January 2016 - it goes on until Reina.
In the quote above Abu Mansour seems to suggest that it was the Ataturk Airport attack in June 2016 that was the “beginning” of why the supposed cooperation between ISIS and Turkey went wrong.
Basically Abu Mansour, like every Middle Easterner, reveals the conspiracy theory he subscribes to. On the point of 40 MİT agents being suspended - I assume Speckhard never thought to check/learn about suspected FETÖ members being removed from posts. cnnturk.com/amp/turkiye/mi…
But this part here has to take the proverbial biscuit. Abu Mansour claims that President Erdoğan from 1983-1987 fought in Afghanistan. And Speckhard didn’t even stop to fact check. In the mid-80s Erdoğan was Refah Party’s Beyoğlu district chair, he did not go to Afghanistan!
In conclusion, Speckhard rather than countering ISIS narratives, is providing a platform for it!
And there's more! According to this: "Abu Mansour al-Maghribi has confessed that [ISIS] received financial aid from Qatari and Israeli parties". He seems to know what to say to get attention. #Coincidence? egypttoday.com/Article/2/5562… (with thanks to @MrShelby4).
@MrShelby4 Lastly, Abu Mansour is mentioned on page 26 of "The Caliphate’s Global Workforce: An Inside Look at the Islamic State’s Foreign Fighter Paper Trail" (published by @CTCWP, in April 2016) as having a minor role in ISIS' border logistics operations. ctc.usma.edu/app/uploads/20…
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