Turkey Fires Cops Who Stopped Weapons Shipment to Syrian Jihadists

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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In a country where the criminals are in power, the police are fired or suspended for the crime of doing their jobs.

Police officers who followed and stopped a truck that was allegedly carrying weapons to Syria have been removed from their positions.

The truck was followed by a team of police from Hatay’s Terror and Organized Crime Department on a tipoff that it was carrying weapons and ammunition to Syria. It was stopped twice by the police, first near a gendarmerie outpost on the Reyhanlı-Kırıkhan road and again on the Muratpaşa road. The police were prevented from searching the truck’s cargo by an official statement from Gov. Celalettin Lekesiz, who said the cargo was a state secret.

The police officers who stopped the truck on the Kırıkhan road and the separate police officers who stopped the truck near Muratpaşa road were removed from their duties.

Also, several chiefs and deputy chiefs from Hatay’s Terror and Organized Crime Department were relocated after the incident.

In the only official statement with regard to the truck, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said the truck was carrying aid to Turkmens in Syria, but did not give details about its cargo.

Upon being questioned about conflicting reports on the truck, Ala told reporters: “Conflicting reports? There is nothing to do. There are Turkmens there. The aid is for them. Everybody has to know one’s own job.”

The alleged presence of ammunition on the truck, as well as the governor’s demands that the truck be allowed to pass, have raised suspicions that the state is pursuing secret links with illegal armed groups.

Apparently it’s the kind of aid that can be used to kill people. It’s no secret that Turkey’s Islamist AKP party is largely behind the violence in Syria (along with Al Jazeera’s Qatar).

If the West really wants the killing to stop, it will have to put pressure on Erdogan to stop fueling the violence.

  • dollabiIIz2

    Yes, but isn’t Syria the country where the Jihadists are the good guys?

  • Veracious_one

    Apparently it’s the kind of aid that can be used to kill people.
    that’s the only kind of aid the Muslims want….try to deliver any other kind of aid and the Muslims will either kidnap or kill you….

  • Hass

    It won’t be long before the Shiite Jihadis turn on Turkey.
    You count on that.

  • john spielman

    islam; lawlessness in the name of god since 625 AD

  • edlancey

    The worst part is, under the pretext of NATO, we get dragged in to bail out Erdogan and his gang of lunatics.

    • Drakken

      Hopefully the Generals of Turkey get there first and line Erdogan and his minions up against the wall before that happen and they take the Gul folks with them.

  • Drakken

    Why stop them from killing each other? The more they waste each other, the less we have to deal with at a later date. Frankly we should be encouraging those jihadist loving SOB’s living in the west to go fight for their fellow jihadist, then tell the opposite side where they are grouped together to be a bit more efficient at taking out a problem. While we are at it, we should be encouraging the Kurds to go independent, then sit back with some nice cocktails and watch as the perfect storm takes place. Chaos, panic and disorder, our work here is done for the time being.

  • Ross

    After reading your article, I got into this and Erdogan’s all-pals relationship with Cameron. http://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/camerons-turkish-delight-doing-obamas-dirty-work/