WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has been aware for two months that the al-Qaida-inspired group that has taken over two Iraqi cities and now is threatening Baghdad was training fighters in Turkey, according to a Shiite source in contact with a high official in the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The source told WND that at least one of the training camps of the group Iraq of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria, the ISIS, is in the vicinity of Incirlik Air Base near Adana, Turkey, where American personnel and equipment are located.
He called Obama “an accomplice” in the attacks that are threatening the Maliki government the U.S. helped establish through the Iraq war.
“Who would believe that Obama’s administration was not part of the scheme?” he asked. “What is happening in Iraq is sectarian cleansing.”
The source said that after training in Turkey, thousands of ISIS fighters went to Iraq by way of Syria to join the effort to establish an Islamic caliphate subject to strict Islamic law, or Shariah.
Turkey, a Sunni nation and a member of NATO, is opposed to Maliki because of his interference in Ankara’s negotiations with the Kurds over oil and to extend its influence over Sunnis in Iraq.
The Maliki administration has been seeking help from the Obama administration in the form of drones and airstrikes but has been turned down.
The WND source said knowledge of ISIS actions was to be coordinated with the Saudis. Riyadh, he said, had paid some $3 billion to the jihadist group to overthrow Maliki. “Plan B” was to split Iraq into three states, for Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites.
He said Iraqi officials told him the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad had known since June 2 of the attack on Mosul but declined to inform Maliki.
In an interview Monday with CBS’ “This Morning,” former acting CIA Director Mike Morell confirmed the intentions of ISIS and asserted that America’s security is threatened.
“One (aim) is to set up that caliphate and, it’s not just in Iraq and in Syria,” Morell said. “Their second goal then is to use that as a safe haven to attack the United States.”
In the past, Turkey has been criticized by counter-terrorism experts for allowing ISIS to use its country for training and for turning down calls to close what is called the “jihadist highway” from Turkey to Syria for ISIS fighters and other armed groups.
Persian Gulf nations, with U.S. coordination, have been funneling arms into Turkey to help equip the Syrian opposition, much of which is comprised of ISIS other jihadist fighters.
In addition to Maliki, the Sunni Iraq Kurds similarly blame Turkey for backing the ISIS militants.
There are separate reports that Turkish army personnel recently were caught training ISIS fighters in Iraq and that four Turkish soldiers have been arrested by the Iraqi army in Fallujah. The Turkish army has denied the claim.
Turkey, a Sunni nation, is opposed to Maliki because of his interference in Ankara’s negotiations with the Kurds over oil and effort to extend its influence over Sunnis in Iraq.