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Police stopped as many as seven trucks in Adana that were carrying weapons and explosives near the Syrian border; the Adana governor's office said the trucks were on a regular duty for National Intelligence. Foreign Minister Davutoğlu claimed that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is working with the Assad regime in Syria. The opposition CHK party continued to question Prime Minister Erdogan's alleged close links to US-designated global terrorist Yasin al-Qadi; and to Usama Qutb, the nephew of both Muhammed Qutb, a mentor of al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, and Sayyid Qutb, an Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood founder and assassin of Egyptian president Gamel Abdel Nasser.
The prosecutor's office in Van claimed that the recent operation resulting in the rest of some 25 suspects was aimed at al Qaeda, not the IHH charity. On Jan. 15, 13 of the suspects were referred to court; five of them were released yesterday, four were released pending bail, and the remaining four were detained. Also yesterday, 12 more detainees were referred to court. A Turkish media report said the al Qaeda suspects planned to assassinate US President Barack Obama. Numerous victims of an alleged car bomb attack on Jan. 15 at a checkpoint in the Syrian Carablus district along the Turkish border were hospitalized in Gazientep.
Authorities referred 13 of 28 suspected al Qaeda members to court after their recent arrest; the remaining suspects are still being interrogated. Among those arrested are al Qaeda's alleged senior member in Turkey, Halis Bayancuk, along with the terror group's second-in-command in the Middle East, İbrahim Şen. Some three senior al Qaeda operatives are said to have escaped to Syria before the operation. The Interior Ministry has removed 35 police officers responsible for the operation in İstanbul, replaced the police officers guarding the eight prosecutors of the investigation, and demoted counterterrorism chiefs in Kilis and Van. The detainees are suspected of sending fighters to Syria, facilitating the movement of al Qaeda members from Afghanistan and Pakistan, fundraising for al Qaeda, and providing aid and weapons to fighters in Syria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Davutoğlu claimed that the Assad regime in Syria has not yet begun to fight al Qaeda. The family of Prime Minister Erdogan is being drawn into a corruption probe involving its ties to designated global terrorist Yasin al Qadi, a wealthy al Qaeda-linked Saudi businessman who reportedly entered Turkey illegally several times in recent years. Turkey closed two of its border crossings into Syria this week due to clashes between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and rebel groups. Turkey is said to be quietly supporting the Islamic Front in the border areas. A Brazil-bound Turkish airlines flight from Istanbul made an emergency landing in Algeria due to a bomb scare.
After the Jan. 1 interception of a truck in Hatay carrying weapons bound for Syria, the police who stopped the vehicle, as well as Hatay counterterrorism officers, were relocated. The Adana prosecutor filed a criminal complaint alleging obstruction of justice by government officials, including the Interior Minister and Turkish intelligence, for preventing a search of the truck. The UN said it wants inspections of all trucks entering Syria from Turkey. The national opposition party accused the government of sending arms to al Qaeda in Syria.
Security forces seized a truck in Hatay province carrying arms and ammunition that was headed for the Syrian border. The Hatay governor then tried to take the truck from the soldiers but failed; the Hatay public prosecutor is investigating. Opposition political parties vowed to block government efforts to curb the powers of judges and prosecutors. The government has begun building a four-meter-high wall in Gaziantep province along the Syrian border.
A Turkish news outlet reported that Turkey has shipped 47 tonnes of weapons to Syrian rebels since June, including 29 tonnes in September. Last month the Interior Ministry said hundreds of Turkish jihadists were fighting alongside al Qaeda forces in Syria. Foreign Minister Davutoğlu denied the weapons claims; another official said only shotguns and ammunition were sent, not heavier weapons.
Interior Minister Güler denied allegations that police allowed a truck to unload nearly 1,000 warheads destined for Syria at a crossing checkpoint in Hatay near an al Qaeda camp. The government plans to turn a 5th century monastery in Istanbul into a mosque. Turkey joined Iran in calling for a ceasefire in Syria prior to peace talks on Jan. 22.