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UYGHURS IN TURKEY
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 'fell in love' with Uyghurs when he served as the mayor of the country's largest city Istanbul. He erected a monument to them, and declared that the Turkish nation had roots in "Turkestan".
He allowed hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs to migrate to Turkey.
Being a NATO-member country and at least in the past, one of the closest allies of the United States, Turkey readily helped the West with its colorful anti-Chinese campaign.
But that was not all. Far from it. NATO nations and their ultra-religious allies in the Gulf, decided to overthrow the Arab-socialist government in Damascus, Syria. Turkey readily participated in the 'project' from the very beginning, sacrificing its historic ties with the Assad family.
As early as in 2012, I investigated, with the help of the Turkish translator of my books, the so-called refugee camps in the border area of Hatay (with its ancient capital of Antakya). While several camps were truly serving as refugee centers, others like Apaydin, were training Syrian terrorists, as well as foreign jihadi fighters.
In those days, Serkan Koc, a leading Turkish left-wing documentary filmmaker, who has produced several groundbreaking works on the subject of the "Syrian opposition", explained to me in Istanbul:
"Of course, you do realize that those people are not really 'Syrian opposition.' They are modern-day legionnaires collected from various Arab countries, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia, paid by Western imperialist powers. Some are members of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Most are militant Sunni Muslims. One could describe them as rogue elements hired to fight the Assad government."
With help of the Mr. Koc's contacts in Hatay, I managed to establish, as early as in 2012 and 2013, that some of the 'legionnaires' were actually Uyghurs. I also received confirmation that they were being smuggled from the Hatay area 'camps' directly into Syria, fully armed and equipped.
Terrorists were also trained at the NATO air force facility 'Incerlik', near the city of Adana. Exactly how many Uyghurs went through that air base, has so far not been established.
On the Syrian war front, the toughest, the most brutal and the most dangerous assassins in the presently terrorist-controlled area of Idlib, are Uyghurs. But this fact will be addressed in the following chapter of this report.
In Istanbul, I teamed-up with my colleague and comrade, Erkin Oncan, a leading Turkish journalist and thinker, who presently works for Sputnik. For years, he has been reporting on the movement of the Uyghurs.
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