Turkey’s head of religious affairs insists that “all the Islamic institutions agree that Daesh is a non-Muslim group.” Turkey’s actions suggest that the head of religious affairs is either dishonest or not informed about what his own government is doing.
“Ambulances ferry ISIL terrorists between Adıyaman and Syria, CHP report says,” Today’s Zaman, August 9, 2015 (thanks to Joshua):
In a recent report, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has claimed that ambulances are routinely used in the southeastern province of Adıyaman to carry injured Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants from Syria to Turkey and to transport new ISIL recruits across the border into Syria.
A delegation of CHP deputies and party members who visited Adıyaman found that many locals recruited by ISIL cross into Syria by bribing border guards as little as TL 20 and the police, the Prime Ministry and the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) turn a blind eye to reports of illegal activities along the border.
The report also alleged that some coffee houses in the city are being used as contact points for ISIL, as well a number of mosques. “Many ISIL militants who come from Syria are allowed to propagate ISIL’s ideology, especially in Maraşlılar Mosque and Fatih Mosque. It is understood that the imams of these mosques turn a blind eye to the illegal activities of ISIL militants. Moreover, some families who complained about ISIL’s recruitment activities and warned one of these imams were asked not to get involved in such issues, with one of the imams saying: ‘They [ISIL recruiters] came from abroad. The [Turkish] government has allowed them. They may leave soon.’”
Furthermore, according to the report, some of the young people who have been indoctrinated by ISIL militants put pressure on their mothers to wear a chador when leaving the house and force their fathers not to pray in state-run mosques, the report said….