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Turkey’s History of Harboring Terrorist Operatives and Financiers

Turkey has a long history of harboring terrorist operatives and financiers from various extremist groups, including the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas. Members of the Taliban and its affiliated Haqqani network also allegedly operate within Turkey.* The international Muslim Brotherhood reportedly regrouped in Istanbul following the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.* Hamas opened a bureau in Istanbul in 2012, from which it has coordinated terror attacks and terror financing in the West Bank.*

CEP is calling on Turkey to arrest, expel, or otherwise cut off support to the following individuals affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban, and the Haqqani Network:

Multiple extremist organizations operate within Turkey, primarily the Taliban and Hamas. CEP also calls on Turkey to act in accordance with international sanctions against these groups and expel or arrest all members of the Taliban and Hamas currently domiciled or operating in Turkey.

Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey Report:

Though Turkey has no official Muslim Brotherhood chapter, some members of the governing Justice and Development Party have provided various forms of support to the Brotherhood.

Turkey Country Report:

In recent years, Islamist terror groups including ISIS have consolidated on Turkey’s borders with Syria and Iraq. Large numbers of foreign fighters have also crossed through Turkey, hoping to join these groups. Following decades of attempted Kurdish secession, Ankara has nervously witnessed the formation of a Kurdish statelet in northern Syria.

Fact Sheet: Turkey’s Approach to Countering Terrorism

Turkey maintains open relations with internationally sanctioned extremist groups such as the Taliban, Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas.