There isn’t really anything new in what the German interior ministry, on the basis of information from the foreign intelligence agency, the BND, wrote concerning the involvement of the Turkish government with Islamic extremists.
It is known that already during his time as prime minister in the early 2000s, the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan rolled out the red carpet for the radical Islamist Hamas. Nor is it a surprise that for years, fighters of the IS terrorist militia have crossed the Turkish-Syrian border at their pleasure, used Turkey as a refuge and established a dense network there for acquiring recruits. And even without the BND, it was known that the Turkish intelligence service delivers weapons to Islamist extremists in Syria. The Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet already documented this fact last year; as a result, its editor in chief Can Dündar is now on the run.
So it is in no way spectacular information that the interior ministry provided in response to a parliamentary inquiry from the Left Party. What is politically explosive is that the federal government has now put these findings on paper and thereby officially made them its own – even if it would have much preferred to keep them confidential for “reasons of state.”