Terror Trends Buletine 9 January 2014
For the second time in 4 months, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has been closely tied to a Saudi national who has been designated by the US Treasury Department as a foreign terrorist.
The Saudi terrorist is a man named Yasin al-Qadi.
Michael Rubin first reported on Erdogans close relationship with al-Qadi in an article in Commentary magazine back in September:
Turkeys Double Speak on Al Qaeda
Erdogan makes no effort to hide his close relationship with the Jihadist terrorist:
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has embraced and continues to support Yasin al-Qadi, designated by the U.S. Treasury Department to be terror financier, having channeled money to al-Qaeda. After it came out that Cuneyt Zapsu, a top Erdogan adviser, had donated money to Yasin al-Qadi, Erdogan defended both his aide and Qadi himself. "I know Yasin, I believe in him as I do in myself. He is a charitable person who loves Turkey, Erdogan told Turkish television.
Now, Turkish media is reporting that al-Qadi has been coming and going into and out of Turkey under the protection of Erdogans personal security detail. This suggests a far greater relationship than previously supposed. In fact, this would have to be considered material support for a known terrorist. (continue reading...)