Erdogan attacks the foreign press for criticism over ISIS

Ex-US ambassador accuses Ankara of aid to jihadists

17 September, 18:43

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, SEPTEMBER 17 - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday lashed out against criticism in the international press, especially in the United States, toward the Turkish government's line on armed jihadists groups including ISIS.

    Erdogan accused a Tuesday New York Times article of being "shameful, disgraceful and unfounded". The piece dealt with a boom in Turkish recruits for the Sunni jihadist group responsible for numerous atrocities in Syria and Iraq. The Turkish opposition and the international press have repeatedly accused the Islamist Turkish government of supporting jihadist groups in Syria, and of permitting free passage of arms and militants across its borders. The Turkish government has always denied the charges, but in recent days the US ex-ambassador to Ankara, Francis Ricciardone, said the Turks have worked with these groups, including the Nusra Front. The Tuesday NYT article said the working-class neighborhood of Hacibayram, in the heart of Ankara, has become a recruitment centre for aspiring ISIS militants, and reported that between 1,000 and 3,000 Turks have joined ISIS. Several US media outlets in recent days have criticized Turkey, a NATO member country, for its refusal to support a military offensive that Washington intends to launch against the jihadist group. A Wall Street Journal editorial spoke of "our non-ally in Ankara" among other things. (ANSAmed).

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