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The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have uncovered a Turkish intelligence operation to funnel weapons to ISIS cells in northeastern Syria, the Hawar News Agency (ANHA) reported on December 22.
A source in the SDF security forces, known as Asayish, told the Kurdish Syrian agency that a weapons shipment sent by the Turkey to ISIS cells was recently busted in Raqqa.
The shipment was hidden in a car owned by an alleged Turkish intelligence cell in the al-Mushalib district in Raqqa city. Asayish special forces seized the weapons in a “search operation,” according to the ANHA source
The weapons shipment consisted of seventeen Belgian-made FN FAL assault rifles and three Austrian-made Steyr SSG 69 sniper rifles.
The source said the weapons sent by the Turkish intelligence were on their way to be disrupted to ISIS cells in Raqqa as well as in Deir Ezzor.
“The weapons being supplied to the sleeper cells are NATO weapons, most of them are American-made coming from Turkey,” ANHA quoted the source as saying. “The Turkish state seeks to revive ISIS mercenaries in the region again and use them to fight the SDF to create chaos in the region.”
In April, al-Quds al-Arabi revealed in a report how Turkey is facilitating ISIS activities in northern Raqqa. The Turkish intelligence allegedly plotted attacks against the SDF with the terrorist group.
While these claims are almost impossible to verify, Turkish ties with ISIS were repeatedly documented before. Turkey was the hub of the terrorist group’s illegal oil trade after 2014. ISIS exported millions of barrels of oil stolen from Syria directly through Turkey.
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