UNDP praises Turkey for hosting refugees: Fails to mention recruitment in camps

USAID Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg interacts with Syrian refugees at Islahiye Refugee Camp in Turkey on January 24, 2013 Image Source: USAID

USAID Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg interacts with Syrian refugees at Islahiye Refugee Camp in Turkey on January 24, 2013
Image Source: USAID

Ankara, Turkey (nsnbc) – UNDP head Helen Clark praised Turkey for being the primary host of Syrian refugees, adding that an additional 800,000 could flee Syria in 2015. Clark failed to mention Turkey’s role in launching the Syria war and Turkey’s continued role in waging a war on Syria.

“Turkey is now the largest host of refugees anywhere in the world” and that “Turkey is making an incredible contribution” with regards to Syrian refugees, adding that“this is the best practice in the world”.Helen Clark, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand and current head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) praised Turkey for the country’s effort with regard to Syrian refugees. Clark noted that:

Clark added that the number of refugees from Syria and Iraq may rise to some 2.5 million and that about 800,000 additional refugees may leave Syria in 2015. The UNDP chief noted the need for Turkey to receive more support from what she described as “the developed countries” to cope with the influx of refugees. Clark would also note that she had visited camps in Turkey and that they were the best she had seen.

What the former PM of New Zealand and current UNDP chief Helen Clark failed to mention are well-documented facts about the role Turkey has played in launching the Syrian war in 2011, Turkey’s overt and covert support of terrorist organizations and Turkey’s continued role in exacerbating the war that causes the massive displacement of Syrians. Clark also failed to mention that refugee camps, especially in Turkey and in Jordan have been and continue to be used to recruit insurgents.

A brief historical summary? 

In June 2013 the former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas would go on the record, stating that top-British officials had asked him, in 2009, whether he wanted to participate in ousting the Syrian government with the help of “rebels”. That was two years before the first “protests” in Syria within the context of the so-called Arab Spring in 2011.

In March 2013, thousands of Jabhat al-Nusrah fighters would launch an attack against the primarily Syrian – Armenian town of Kessab. The attack against Kessab was launched from Turkish territory and with active Turkish military support that included air cover, Turkish special forces in Syria who guided Turkish tank and artillery fire against positions of the Syrian Arab Army.NATO member Turkey, under the government of the then Prime Minister, now President R. Tayyip Erdogan would host the primarily U.S., U.K., Turkish, and Qatari-backed, Muslim Brotherhood associated Syrian National Counciland become the conduit of the massive military support that was provided to the now defunct Free Syrian Army (FSA), to Jabhat al-Nusrah, as well as to the Islamic State, a.k.a ISIS or ISIL.

The final decision to launch a war on Iraq with ISIS brigades fell, according to statements and evidence provided by a person within the inner circle around the former Lebanese PM Saad Hariri on the sidelines of the Atlantic Council’s Energy Summit in Turkey in November 2013. The U.S. Embassy in Ankara under Ambassador Riccardione is, according to the Lebanese insider the hub for supervising the insurgency.A map over the spread of ISIS / ISIL or Islamic State shows that the organization spread from Turkish territory and that it primarily was directed against Syria’s oil-rich province of Deir Ez-Zour. In April 2013 the EU would lift its ban on the import of Syrian oil, provided that it came from “rebel-held territories”.

Turkey is hosting the United States “train and equip” program that aims at training some additional 1,000 insurgents which are being touted as “moderate rebels”. In 2014, some 5,000 of the Turkish and U.S. trained and equipped “moderate rebels” would join the ranks of the Islamic State.

This recruitment is taking place in cooperation with Turkish, Jordanian and U.S. civilian and military intelligence services.Direct observations and witness testimony gathered by nsnbc’s Fahwad al-Khadoumi documented that Jabhat al-Nusrah, ISIS, and others use refugee camps, particularly Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and in Jordan for the recruitment of insurgents.

Also involved are CIA fronts including USAID, the Pentagon’s JSOC, Turkey’s intelligence service MIT, Turkish special forces, NATO intelligence as well as certain elements within the UN system who are turning a blind eye to the ongoing recruitment.

Especially notorious for those recruitment activities among displaced Syrians are, the refugee camp near Gaziantep, Turkey, which UNDP chief Clark touted as “best practice”, and the Al-Zaatari refugee camp near the Jordanian border town of Al-Mafraq.

Author: Christof Lehmann

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