Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has claimed that the government sent trucks full of arms to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants fighting the Syrian regime, stating that the CHP will soon share the details of the government’s transfer of these arms through certain documents.
Speaking at his party’s parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday, Kılıçdaroğlu harshly criticized the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government for its alleged support for ISIL militants and several other opposition groups fighting the Syrian regime. Blaming the government for ISIL’s kidnapping of Turkish people in Mosul two weeks ago, Kılıçdaroğlu said: “We have been telling them, even up until now, to stop transferring arms to the region [the Middle East]. Hundreds of trucks went there. All of them were full of arms. In the coming days, our friends will share a file on this issue. You will see how they are transferring the arms. We will share all the details regarding this transfer with the public.”
Pointing to the ongoing turmoil that erupted in Iraq after ISIL militants started to take over northern Iraqi cities one by one in early June, Kılıçdaroğlu said: “Any unrest that erupts in the region will also affect Turkey negatively. The source of this unease is [Prime Minister] Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” adding that Erdoğan had destroyed Turkey’s prestige in the world with the failed foreign policy that his government has been deploying in the Middle East. Stating that Erdoğan will not even call ISIL a terrorist organization, Kılıçdaroğlu asked how a person can sympathize with a group that kills and tortures people. Recalling that nearly 100 Turkish people have been held hostage by ISIL for over two weeks, Kılıçdaroğlu said that about 300,000 Turkmen have had to leave their residential areas to escape the ISIL militants in Iraq, but Turkey and Erdoğan have not done anything to rescue the captives or support the Turkmen.