Erdogan's Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, especially since it began its attacks on northern and eastern Syria, has been trying to prove to the world public that it seeks to combat terrorism through resonant statements that it has captured an ISIS leader here and another group there.
Most international newspapers and websites have written about Turkey's relationship with both ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra for years, stressing that the killing of Baghdadi and his media spokesman a few days ago near the Turkish border has heightened doubts about Ankara's relationship with ISIS, pointing out that Ankara's claims to fight terrorism are only a cover for its crimes against the people of northern and eastern Syria and its support for terrorists.
A senior Turkish official told Reuters that Turkey "arrested" the sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was recently killed, in the city of Azaz in northern Syria under the Turkish control, and questioning her husband and the wife of her son, who were also arrested.
In an article in the Washington Post, Brett McGurk highlighted the death of Islamic State terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a joint operation with the SDF and said Baghdadi was killed a few kilometers from the Syrian-Turkish border. "There are some things that Turkey has to explain," he said. "Baghdadi was not found in western Iraq or the east coast of Syria, but in Idlib."
Brett McGurk said that the village where Baghdadi was killed was a long-protected area by Turkish observation posts. McGurk said the United States does not trust NATO ally Turkey.
Idlib is "the biggest terrorist paradise," Brett McGurk said, noting that Idlib has about 40,000 terrorists, mostly from Turkey. "There are al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria and there is a big cross-border trade in the region and there is an important relationship between Turkish gangs that support them." he said.
In his article, McGurk stressed that Baghdadi, the most wanted terrorist in the world, was easily living in such a region, noting that Turkish intelligence could not be trusted. He said the SDF was therefore asked to use its intelligence.