The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) — a non-profit, non-partisan policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security based in the US — released a report on Wednesday alleging that Turkey has failed to clamp down on terrorism financing, weapons smuggling, illegal oil sales and fighters flooding into Syria from the southeast of the country.
Written by Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at FDD, and Merve Tahiroğlu, an FDD research associate, the 26-page report is titled “Bordering on Terrorism: Turkey’s Syria Policy and the Rise of the Islamic State.” The report indicates a growing national security challenge for the Middle East while also suggesting strategies for ending it.
The report, which also happens to be the first product of the FDD’s new Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF), states that the US and Turkey are in a deadlock over how to address the challenges of both the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — which styles itself the Islamic State (IS) — and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Turkey refuses to allow the coalition to launch military strikes from its soil. Its military also merely looked on while IS besieged the Kurdish town of Kobani, just across its border,” states the report. […]