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Israel's head of military intelligence said al Qaeda maintains bases in Turkey, reportedly in the provinces of Karaman, Osmaniye, and Sanliurfa, and warned that foreign jihadists enter Syria weekly but "do not stay there." Prime Minister Erdogan visited Tehran in an effort to improve relations and secure a discount for the purchase of natural gas, which Turkey must import.
The government is reportedly introducing legislation that would allow the National Intelligence service to legally transport weapons to the Syrian rebels. Nearly 500 police officials have been reassigned and largely demoted in Ankara and Izmir, and across the country 96 judges and prosecutors were reassigned. Syrian opposition members in Istanbul said Turkish officials warned them of the possibility of car bomb attacks by the Assad regime and by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham.
Turkish intelligence issued a warning that ISIS suicide bombers planned to attack hotels in Hatay, Ankara, and Istanbul in an attempt to target members of the Syrian opposition and Free Syrian Army in advance of the Geneva II talks. The army said it discovered and destroyed a 500-meter-long pipeline used for smuggling oil into Hatay from Syria. Two Russian nationals were detained by border guards after crossing into Turkey from Syria. Turkish officials closed the Cilvegözü border gate in Hatay after a car bomb targeted a nearby rebel-held border post in Syria, and closed the Öncüpınar border crossing in Kilis after clashes erupted across the border in Azaz between rebels and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham.
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.