19 June 2014
In today’s Official Gazette is a decision of the Council of Ministers removing Al Nusra and affiliated organisations from the ‘terror list’. The decision to remove Al Nusra from the banned list was taken at a meeting on 16 June.
In an updated list appended to the decision there is no mention of Al-Nusrah Front, Jabhat al-Nusrah or The Victory Front. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) retains its place at the bottom of the list, the same as in the previous list.
The AKP government has thereby severed its links with ISIS following that organisation’s capture of the Turkish Consulate in Mosul and its taking consulate staff hostage, and embraced Al Nusra once more.
The AKP not only provided Al Nusra with military and logistic support, it also turned a blind eye to Al Nusra taking heavy weapons such as tanks through the border at Serekaniye.
In a further development, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has refuted reports that Al Nusra is no longer on the terror list.