January 14, 2014

Bwahahaha: "Charity" Made Infamous When Israeli Commandos Stormed Ship Raided by Turkish Police for, ahem, Supporting al Qaeda

There are so many levels of irony here, I don't know where to begin:

Turkish anti-terrorist police raided the offices of an aid agency on the border with Syria on Tuesday, in part of what local media said was an operation in six cities against individuals suspected of links to al Qaeda.

The Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) said police had raided its offices in the southern Turkish city of Kilis, which borders Syria, and detained one person.

The IHH came to prominence in May 2010 when Israeli marines stormed its Mavi Marmara ship to enforce a naval blockade of the Palestinian-run Gaza Strip and killed nine Turks in clashes with activists.

You'll remember it was the raid on one of the IHH's ships from Turkey trying to illegally run the blockade of Gaza that started the rift between Turkey and Israel in the first place (or, at least, made that rift much worse). Turkey demanded -- DEMANDED! -- that Israel apologize for stopping the "humanitarian aid" and killing the "activists".

Chickens, welcome home to the roost!

But it gets better. Turkish sources claim that one of those arrested was ex-Gitmo prisoner Ibrahim Sen. If true, this would be the second time the Turks arrested this guy for terrorism since his release. Apparently, being a member of al Qaeda isn't serious enough that they remand you to custody when you appeal your sentence in Turkey:

Among those arrested was Ibrahim Sen, al-Qaida's Middle East deputy, who was released from the U.S. prison camp in Cuba in 2006, Today's Zaman reported Monday.

Sen was handed over to Turkish authorities in 2008 and later sentenced by a Turkish court to six years in prison on terror charges. The case is on appeal.

Also arrested was Halis Bayancuk, the terror group's representative in Turkey.

Let's hope Turkey has rounded a corner with this one. But don't hold your breath.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:51 AM | Comments |