6,000 ISIS Jihadists Freed. Orthodox priest arrested by Turks for terrorism

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di Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio for VT Italy


There is really something crazy or maliciously planned about the military actions that are happening in the Middle East on the border between Syria and Turkey. But there is also some surprising coincidences that make the war scenario not only tragic but also grotesque and paradoxical.

At least 6,000 ISIS affiliates were freed in those areas between October and December, while a poor Syrian Orthodox Christian priest was arrested on Thursday by Turkish police forces for … terrorism!

In recent months, before and after the invasion of the Turkish army in Rojava, as the northeastern Syrian territories governed by the Autonomous Administration of the Kurds are called, Ankara has released from prison prisons thousands of prisoners imprisoned as militant terrorists or active supporters of the ISIS.



Some of the commanders and fiercest fighters, at least 76 according to a list of the Rojava Information Center, have been employed in other jihadist factions of the mercenaries used by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to invade Syria and snatch cities and villages from Kurds, Christians but also Syrian Islamic Shiites, in the Spring Peace operation started on 9 October 2019.

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In a previous article, we reported rough calculations revealed by the Turkish-language Swedish newspaper Nordic Monitor, which specializes in the unsealing of intelligence sources in Ankara, according to which about 4 thousand Islamic State affiliates, half of which are dangerous Foreign Terrorist Fighters, are were released from Turkish prisons between 10 and 14 October probably for use in the Rojava war and recent military intervention in Libya.

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It would be a forced recruitment stratagem already reserved by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for those sentenced to death, who were given the opportunity to go to fight in Syria or Yemen, alongside the jihadists of Al Qaeda, instead of suffering the death sentence.



At the beginning of the year, however, the Autonomous Administration also inexplicably released 400 Isis affiliates from the prison camps where they were detained, in particular in Camp Hol, and where they were creating continuous insurrections to try to escape, also causing deaths and injured among the guards or other guests, refugees there only as simple displaced persons.

The information was given with a simple Twitter post from the Rojava Information Center (RIC) which in the meantime with the beginning of 2020 has stopped updating the war zones both in the WhatsApp group and on the official website. The latest news is, in fact, the “media coverage”, or the coverage of the communications disseminated by RIC, the Kurdish information center, relating to an article published last January 7 by the online newspaper Today in Italian.

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Dozens of affiliates of the Islamic State jihadist group have been released by the Kurdish authorities in Syria, after the mediation of tribal leaders: these releases occur after a request for” guarantees “made by the Syrian tribal leaders. This was announced by a spokesman for the Kurdish authorities, Kamal Akef. According to what has been learned in the last few weeks, over 2000 people have been freed».

Today reported it by developing in a short report on Syria the short Tweet in English of the Rojava Information Center which reported 400 prisoners released only from Camp Hol to return to their homes in Deir Ezzor.

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This initiative was announced several times by both the Kurdish administration and the Sirian Democratic Forces militias that represent it and defeated ISIS in Raqqa and Bagouz.

The army who defeated the Islamic State in 2019 had in detention about 12 thousand prisoners, of which at least 2 thousand foreign fighters, some of whom fled after the bombings of prisons by Turkish forces, others released in recent months due to the impossibility of managing them because of the demanding war front with the armed jihadist groups, used as mercenaries by Turkey to invade Rojava, and with the same Ankara0s troops.

It is not known at the moment how many remain in the most fortified Kurdish prisons, but for mere arithmetic approximations, they should be at least 5-7 thousand.


After the withdrawal of the United States and the Sochi agreement, the SDF militias (mostly made up of YPG Kurds) withdrew from a part of Northeast Syria to make room for a “buffer” zone on the border with Turkey patrolled by the Moscow military police together with Turkish and Syrian patrols.


However, it is extremely significant that the liberation of the ISIS militants sent back to their homes in Deir Ezzor, a neuralgic province for the US-controlled oil wells in the Euphrates valley, a few days before the abandonment of the Hasaka base by American troops (reported by the Iranian agency FarsNews), folded in other areas of Syria and Iraq, in defense of the bases already subject to the missile attacks of the IRCG Revolutionary Guards of Iran in retaliation for the killing of General Qassem Soleimani, leader of the Pasdaran and Quds forces, the militia for overseas missions.

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Only in the next few days will it be possible to know if these releases have a meaning in the war scenario between the government of Syria, the Kurdish Administration, which claims an autonomy like that of Iraqi Kurdistan that has never been politically recognized, the US occupation forces and the invaders of the Turkey who do not hesitate to use jihadists to conquer territories in the Middle East and Africa

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In the meantime, the Turkish invasion has reinvigorated the Islamic State in Syria which in November alone made dozens of various attacks, including by car bomb, and last December in the southern province of Raqqa, according to RIC, killed a group of 14 men beheading them. The slaughter took place near Madin, in an area under the control of the Syrian Arama Army, the Damascus army, remarked the Tweet of the Rojava Center on January 5.


The risk of the Islamic State’s renaissance is also very high in Iraq where the US had brought various Daesh leaders freed in exchange for gold and where the Americans themselves announced the suspension of the fight against ISIS due to tensions with Iran.

On Sunday, January 5, in fact, the Islamic State jihadists carried out an attack on the Iraqi army in the Daquq district, south of Kirkuk. According to reports from BasNews, the insurgents targeted the army near the village of Arabkoy in Daquq, killing three soldiers and injuring another. During the attack, the extremists also kidnapped an Iraqi soldier.


In the midst of these complex military strategy actions, the arrest of a Syrian priest in the Turkish town of Mardin becomes paradoxical.

It is both because he has been accused and is held for terrorism, as an alleged collaborationist of the PKK, the paramilitary organization of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party considered a terrorist by Ankara, where however the Kurdish ethnicity is banned from the constitution since the founding of the Republic of Turkey in 1922.

“Turkish state forces raided the Syrian rural neighborhoods of Eskihisar, Üçköy, and Üçyol in the Nusaybin district of Mardin on Thursday. 10 people were taken into custody during the operation, including the priest Sefer Beliçe from the church of Saint Jacob, “reports the Kurdish online newspaper ANF.

Syriac Orthodox Christian priest Sefer Beliçe in front of the ancient church of San Giacomo in Nisibis, whose foundations date back to the 4th century AC.

Four of the detainees, priest Beliçe, Musa Taştekin, Haşo Dinç and Mehmet Başak were referred to the Mardin court yesterday, Friday 10 January, after having collected their statements to the counter-terrorism branch of the provincial command of Mardin.

The detainees were then reported to a local court for allegedly “helping and helping the PKK”. The priest was held in custody while the other three inmates were released on probation. Father Belice is the only priest of the ancient monastery named after Saint James Bishop of Nisibi (309-338), a complex of great archaeological importance for the foundations dating back to the IV century after Christ.

“According to the report, statements by an informant against the priest and written procedures of the Gendarmerie in support of the fact that” PKK members entered the monastery in 2018 “were presented by the prosecutor as evidence of the” crime “in question. However, lawyers were denied access to documents presented as evidence,” ANF continues.

The paradoxes of the story are manifold. Mardin is positioned on rocky buttresses at a height of 1083 meters s.l.m. who look at Syria: being a border town among its 86 thousand inhabitants, there are also many refugees of Syrian origin. Since 2014, the city has also been led by Mayor Februniye Akyol, the first and only female Christian mayor of Turkey.ia.

Not only. In the district of Mardin, on 20 October, qualified representatives of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities present in Turkey took part in an interreligious initiative hosted in the Syrian Orthodox Monastery of Deyrulzafaran, the “Saffron Monastery”, located on the plateau of Tur Abdin.

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The meeting had been requested by the religious to pray for Turkish soldiers after the start of the Peace Spring operation and a message from President Erdogan had been read during the event.

Now Ankara itself, which employs fierce jihadists as soldiers and has freed thousands of Islamic black flag terrorists. instead arrest a Christian priest because he would have helped some Kurds, guilty of being Kurds!

Despite these repeated and very serious elementary violations of human rights with the persecution of a population only for its ethnic group, Turkey is still a reference partner of the West, NATO, and Russia … Great anti-racist hypocrisy!

© 2020 Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio
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