Daesh’s desperate militants seek salvation in Turkey

  • January 6, 2018 | News


Many IS terrorists attempted to cross the border into Turkey to go to European countries or just to live in Turkey have been prevented by YPG’s Anti-Terror Units.


A large number of foreign IS members have been arrested in a recent comprehensive operation by Special Forces of People’s Protection Units (YPG). The terrorists, the majority of whom are Russian citizens, were trying to enter Turkey. According to the information provided by General Command of Anti-Terror Units over 20 IS terrorists have been arrested along with those guiding them while trying to go to Turkey, in last two weeks.


“Even though ISIS nears its end, there are many sleeper cells in many areas of Rojava. We are arresting them with various operations almost every day before these cells go into action. They are mostly foreigners.” Says Anti-Terror Units General Command.


“IS terrorists are Erdogan fans”


“All of them are Erdogan fans. They are clearly expressing it in their inquiry. They constantly voice the support by the Turkish state to IS. Terrorists wanted in their own country say that Turkey is the only country that they can move freely and organize IS-related activities easily in. We have found that some of them are prepared to carry out suicide attacks in European countries. Some others just flee to Turkey to live in there. They all prefer Turkey in the end.”


Turkish border guards: “Welcome to home!”


Many IS members who were arrested by YPG before New Year Eve have been found to be foreigners. From these, the information given by four terrorists who have been detained for about a week, clearly reveals some well-known facts.


Mohammed Abu al-Qadr, who joined IS in 2015, says he is originally from Tunisia but lived in Germany before joining IS. Mohammed Abu al-Qadr shares the following information: “I came to Turkey overland passing through Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria with an ambulance. In fact, Turkish border gates were always open to any of us (IS members). I was amazed when Turkish border guards welcomed me saying “This is your home, you are here to help us.”


“They helped us when they knew we were ISIS”


Al-Qadir tells his story of going back to Turkey for the second time. “I went back to take my wife and children to Syria. They were in Istanbul then. The second time was a little bit harder than the first.”


“We receive weapons and medicine via Turkey”


Al-Qadir reveals some information about the relations established in various ways between Turkish state and IS’ so-called authorities: “There are a large number of Turks within the ranks of IS. Some of them were sent to Turkey to organize and arrange our relations with Turkey (state and security officials.) I know one of them very well. He is called Abu Ubaid al-Turki. He is one of the leaders of the group and lives in Turkey.


Vladimir Oleinikov, originally from Kazakhstan and Russian citizen, joined the group in 2016. Oleinikov has been active in many formerly IS-held areas such as Raqqa, Mayadeen and Bukamal. He defected from IS and decided to go live in Turkey, following the liberation of these areas: “There is nowhere to go but Turkey. We were going to use illegal ways to cross the border into Turkey. But they (Turkey) know our routes. We can go easily somehow.” Considering the difficulty of passing through the border line which has recently been closed with walls by Turkish state, it seems that the passages are supervised. Oleinikov therefore expresses his frustration with the Nusra front, not Turkish troops, while trying to cross the border: “The moment Al Nusra caught us they would kill us. But we were arrested by YPG in preparation for going to Turkey.”


Turkey is the most favorable country for IS remnants


30-years-old terrorist Abdulrazzaq (Nom de guerre) says he joined so-called Caliphate in Antep in 2015: “I was brought to Istanbul from Azerbaijan, and then to Anteb. We’ve had no problems during the trip. We had experienced couriers.”



Dozens of IS members who have been arrested mostly at border regions see salvation in Turkey in the course of collapse of the Caliphate. Militants who’d easily reached IS from all over the world via Turkey years ago, when the group emerged and started to rise effectively, intend to return in the same route. Terrorists who don’t want to be arrested in their own countries or be captured by another group see Turkey as the savior.


YPG Anti-Terror Units General Command stated that the operations will continue. It has been noted that many militants, especially those on the most wanted lists, have been caught trying to cross the border.


YPG Press Office | January 6, 2018