Research Paper: ISIS-Turkey List

posted : 9 November 2014 updated : 25 November 2015

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK

INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Research Paper: ISIS-Turkey Links

by David L. Phillips

Introduction

Is Turkey collaborating with the Islamic State (ISIS)? Allegations range from military cooperation and weapons transfers to logistical support, financial assistance, and the provision of medical services. It is also alleged that Turkey turned a blind eye to ISIS attacks against Kobani.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu strongly deny complicity with ISIS. Erdogan visited the Council on Foreign Relations on September 22, 2014. He criticized “smear campaigns [and] attempts to distort perception about us.”

Erdogan decried, “A systematic attack on Turkey's international reputation,” complaining that

“Turkey has been subject to very unjust and ill-intentioned news items from media organizations.”

Erdogan posited:

“My request from our friends in the United States is to make your assessment about Turkey by basing your information on objective sources.”

Columbia University's Program on Peace-building and Rights assigned a team of researchers in the United States, Europe, and Turkey to examine Turkish and international media, assessing the credibility of allegations. This report draws on a variety of international sources -- The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, BBC, Sky News, as well as Turkish sources, CNN Turk, Hurriyet Daily News, Taraf, Cumhuriyet, and Radikal among others.

Allegations

Turkey Provides Military Equipment to ISIS

Turkey Provided Transport and Logistical Assistance to ISIS Fighters

Turkey Provided Training to ISIS Fighters

Turkey Offers Medical Care to ISIS Fighters

Turkey Supports ISIS Financially Through Purchase of Oil

Turkey Assists ISIS Recruitment

Turkish Forces Are Fighting Alongside ISIS

Turkey Helped ISIS in Battle for Kobani

Turkey and ISIS Share a Worldview

Mr. Phillips is Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He served as a Senior Adviser and Foreign Affairs Expert for the U.S. Department of State.

Author's Note: Information presented in this paper is offered without bias or endorsement.

notes

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