Turkey Providing Shelter to al-Qaeda, Says Israeli General

syria-jabhat-al-nusraStaff writer, Al Arabiya News
Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Some of the al-Qaeda militants fighting in Syria have set up bases in Turkey, where they can also easily access Europe, Israel’s military intelligence chief said Wednesday.

Al-Qaeda fighters from around the world enter Syria weekly, but they “do not stay there,” Major-General Aviv Kochavi told a security conference, while presenting a map of the Middle East, which was marked with areas of al-Qaeda presence. The map showed three markings of al-Qaeda bases in Turkey.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeatedly denied his country was providing shelter for backing groups linked to al-Qaeda in Syria. A Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman did not have an immediate comment on the topic, reported Reuters.

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