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Turkish charity coordinates with al-Shabaab

December 8, 2011

Last month the the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center revealed photographic evidence of the notorious Turkish Islamist charity IHH conferring with al-Shabaab operatives in Somalia.  IHH’s jihadist sympathies are especially disturbing given IHH’s  unparalleled reach throughout the Muslim and non-Muslim world (operating in 95 countries during Eid al-Adha in November) and its ability to obtain donations.

Here’s just the beginning of the Meir Amit report.  Hat tip to Twitter user @KeHaber:

The Turkish organization IHH provides humanitarian assistance to the famine-stricken regions of Somalia. In September its activists coordinated with Al-Shabaab, an organization affiliated with with the global jihad, without authorization from the Somali government, an example of IHH’s dual nature as both a humanitarian and an extremist Islamist organization.

Turkish charity works with terrorist group

Background

1. Prominent in the the coalition which dispatches flotillas to the Gaza Strip is the Turkish organization IHH, Insani Yardim Vakfi (“foundation for humanitarian assistance”). IHH is a radical Islamist organization, which maintains close connections with other anti-Israeli organizations around the globe to send flotillas and convoys to the Gaza Strip. IHH was the moving spirit behind the Mavi Marmara flotilla in May 2010, and its operatives aboard the ship were the hard core which fought against the IDF soldiers, supported by operatives from other radical Islamist Turkish organizations.

2. IHH is a radical Islamist humanitarian assistance organization, anti-Israeli, anti-West and sometimes anti-Semitic as well, as made clear by statements from its leader, Bülent Yildirim. The organization has a dual nature:

            1) It is a humanitarian organization, undertaking broad humanitarian activities in emergency-stricken areas around the globe, especially in Muslim communities. They include the Gaza Strip, Somalia and Turkey itself (IHH recently sent teams to the area stricken by the earthquake in eastern Turkey). They bring tents, send shipments of food, run aid programs for orphans, provide medical assistance, run programs for vocational education, build mosques, etc.

            2) It is an Islamist organization with a radical Islamist ideology. By participating in the flotillas and convoys sent to the Gaza Strip it supports Hamas, which has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. In addition, in the past it provided support for global jihad networks and was involved in a proposed terrorist attack in the United States (the “millennium attack,” a mass-casualty planned for Los Angeles International Airport on Christmas Day, 2000).1 It was designated as a terrorist organization by Israel and Germany, and outlawed…

Separately, Turkish Prime Minister Receb Ergodan has announced that his government will provide Gaza’s Hamas government with $300 million in aid.

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