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On Jan. 14, offices of the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), an Islamic charity supported by the ruling Muslim Brotherhood Justice and Development Party of Turkish Prime Mnister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, were raided by counter-terrorism police, nearly two weeks following police detention of an IHH truck on Jan. 1 at the Syrian border carrying ammunition and weapons. These developments in Turkey reveal what five U.S. Congressional committees investigating Benghazi, have failed to reveal to the American public and the world. Weapons have been shipped from Benghazi by the Al-Qaeda affiliated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) led by Abdelhakim Belhadj to Al-Qaeda in Syria through the Erdogan-supported IHH.
The report issued on March 9, 2013 from the UN Panel of Experts on Libya to the President of the UN Security Council reported that the fishing boat Al Entisar registered in Libya sailed from Benghazi to Iskenderun, Turkey, where it docked on August 25, 2012. The panel further reported: “The loading port was Benghazi, the exporter the national committee for the support and relief of displaced people, a relief organization based in Benghazi, and the consignee the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, an Islamic relief organization based in Turkey.”
On June 18, 2013, Reuters published an interview with Abdul Basit Haroun, a member of the February 17th Brigade,who admitted that he was responsible for shipping weapons on the Al Entisar to Turkey destined for Syria, that he travelled with the shipment on the Al Entisar, and that he went with the shipment over the Syrian border to ensure it reached its destination.
The Turkish raids in six provinces across Turkey resulted in the arrest of two senior al-Qaeda operatives, including Ibrahim Sen, who is allegedly a top al-Qaeda leader in the Middle East, and Halis Bayancuk, who is said to be in charge of the al-Qaeda network in Turkey.
The truck which was stopped on Jan 1 was escorted by Turkish intelligence officers. When the local police found weapons in the truck they were instructed by the Muslim Brotherhood Governor of the state (Hatay) where the incident occurred to stop the search and let the truck drive away. Afterward, the Governor removed a number of police officers in retaliation for their participation in stopping the truck. One deputy chairman of the opposition CHP party submitted a parliamentary inquiry: “Is it true, as claimed, that the regional director of the IHH and a member of the MIT [Turkeys National Intelligence Organization] were on the truck?”
The involvement of the IHH with the al-Qaeda affiliated LIFG predates the launching of the drive to overthrow Qaddafi in Libya as the precursor to overthrowing Assad in Syria and suggests that the overthrow of Assad was planned even in advance of the initiation of the drive to overthrow Qaddafi.
The IHH was behind the “Free Gaza” flotilla of ships which was stormed by Israeli troops in May 2010 in international waters. The IHH is the owner of the Mavi Marmara. It was on this vessel that nine Turkish citizens where killed “execution style” by Israeli troops. According to msnbc, these nine persons had, reportedly, been targeted because they were opposed to the Turkish Muslim Brotherhoods participation in the war on Syria which was to begin in 2011.
Now the story gets even more interesting: Spanish journalist Daniel Iriarte reported in an article in the Spanish Daily ABC on December 17, 2011 that when in Syria working on an article on the Free Syrian Army, he ran into Mahdi al-Harati who had been second in command to LIFG emir Abdelhakim Belhadj who had been made head of the Tripoli Military Council. Al-Harati stepped down as deputy commander of the Tripoli Military Council to go to Syria to fight Assad. This followed a trip Belhadj had made to Turkey in November 2011 to arrange for the shipment of arms and fighters to Syria.
Al-Harati told Iriarte that he had participated in the Free Gaza flotilla aboard the Mavi Marmara. He further said: “I was wounded on the Mavi Marmara and spent nine days in an Israeli prison.” Other unconfirmed reports indicate that Belhadj was also on the ship.