Swedish website: Al Qaeda operates freely in Turkey

Swedish website "Nordic Monitor" said that "an extremist association linked to Al Qaeda and ISIS mercenaries in Syria" operates freely in the Turkish city of Adana, under the umbrella of charity while collecting funds abroad.

The Swedish website stated that Hassan Sosilo, head of the charity known as "Fakira-Dair" or "Relief and Solidarity with the Poor", was active in Syria, Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso, Yemen and Afghanistan despite the fact that he was supportive of extremist groups, such as Al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria.

Although Sosilo was investigated on charge of his associates with terrorism, the group continues to operate freely on the Turkish-Syrian border collecting money and forging partnerships with European charities without obstacles to their activities.

The "Fakira-Dair" association was founded on September 11, 2013 in Adana, and it was mainly operating as a logistical support unit for mercenary families, and Sosilo himself admitted in June 2014 that the family members of extremist elements were his priority.

He acknowledged that he initially wanted to work for the Humanitarian Relief, Human Rights and Freedoms , a Turkish government-supported charity mentioned in UN Security Council documents as a channel for providing logistical support and weapons to terrorist groups in Syria and Libya.

On the surface, Poor-Dair appears to be separate from the relief agency, but in practice, Sosilo is actively working with this controversial association.

New evidence emerged of the charity's involvement in the case of the murderer of the Russian ambassador in Turkey Andrei Karlov in 2016, where the investigation of the Financial Crime Investigation Commission into the bank's banking and bank transactions revealed that he transferred money to the "poor-Dair".

The links between the "poor-Dair" and ISIS were also exposed indirectly during the speech of Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc during budget discussions in the Turkish parliament in 2015.

While responding to a question about an imam joining of the Turkish government to ISIS in Syria, he said, "Unfortunately, the participation of one of the imams from the city of Bayramic in ISIS is correct," adding that the imam was dismissed from his government job on June 25, 2014.

What the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister was referring to is the case of Tahseen Baykara (24 years), who was assigned by the Turkish government to lead the imamate in one of the villages located in the province of Junkala (on the Dardanelles Strait in eastern Turkey).

The site indicated that Baykara had taken leave in June 2014, and had never returned to complete his duties, and reports that he had joined ISIS in Syria.

It turned out later that Baykara was a close friend of Sosilo, the head of the "Fakra-Dair" association, where the two grew up in Adana, and worked closely together during events organized by the association's members.

"Tahseen Baykara was one of the people who visited our meetings," Sosilo said, noting that the fleeing imam had made donations to the "poor-Dair" in the past.

Speaking of Baykara's journey to fight in Syria, he said: "He has undertaken missions in several humanitarian aid campaigns in Syria."

The indications of extremism against the Turkish imam were clear, as he criticized his fellow imams who work in Adana during a message via "Facebook" published on May 10, 2014, in which he described them as "walking dead." The photograph of his Facebook profile was of an unknown terrorist carrying a rocket launcher on his shoulder.

The Swedish "Nordic Monitor" said that the fundraising activities carried out by the "Fakira-Dair" in the Netherlands caught the attention of the authorities, who feared the possibility of transferring the money to terrorist groups in Syria, and opened investigations into the group and its partner organizations there.

Sosilo published pictures via "Facebook" and "Twitter" explaining the partnership between "Poor-Dair" and the charitable organization "Halal-Nation", which operates in Bremen, and is run by Turks in Germany.

Although Sosilo was detained with 13 other suspects in Turkey during a raid on January 13, 2019, in what the authorities called a campaign against a group that recruited gunmen for the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham (al-Qaeda in the Levant) and was released a few days later, the association continued Work freely.



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