A US-led raid on the compound housing the Islamic State’s “chief financial officer” produced evidence that Turkish officials directly dealt with ranking ISIS members, according to a recent report in the Guardian.
The target of the raid was an isis official named Abu Sayyaf, a Tunisian who was responsible for channeling the groups oil and gas supplies out of Syria. The sale of oil and gas is a large source of revenue for the group, rumored to be about $10 million a month on the black market.
Documents and USB drives that where seized during the raid reportedly showed links “so clear” and “undeniable” between Turkey and ISIS “that they could end up having profound policy implications for the relationship between us and Ankara,” senior Western official familiar with the captured intelligence told the Guardian.
Turkey has been previously accused of helping Isis in the past by turning a blind eye to the smuggling of people and weapons across the Turkish/Syrian border.
By Fiona Carty