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A Closer Look At Turkey Intelligence’s Work To Recruit And Support Radical Militants

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On October 4th, Russian military blog RSOTM (Reverse side of the medal), known for its links to Russian PMCs published a report providing a closer look at actions of Turkey’s MIT (Milliy Istihbarat Tashkilati), Ankara’s intelligence agency, in the field of support of terrorist and various radicals around the world.

In particular, the report details the case of MIT-linked militant emissary, Elar Parpiev (born on December 24th, 1989). His place of birth is Uzbekistan, Fergha region, Besharik district.

When he became a MIT agent, he was given Turkish credentials, with his name being Mehmed Aldag, born on June 14th, 1997. His Turkish passport number is A06F36993 and it is valid through to October 29th, 2027.

A Closer Look At Turkey Intelligence's Work To Recruit And Support Radical Militants

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His cover story is that he is an “Islamic spiritual mentor” and an employee of the charity organization IHH Foundation and other firms with funding from Qatar.

His special areas of work focus on “Afghan terrorists, Tawhid wal Jihad, Katibat al-Imam Bukhari, Gurab” and Central Asian states, in general.

Mehmed (Parpiev Elyar Muminzhanovich) is a citizen of Uzbekistan. He actively participated in the ranks of ISIS, from there he moved to the Idlib groups, and from there he received a promotion, starting to work in Turkey.

Parpiev establishes contacts with the leaders of terrorist groups, sends them money received from Turkish intelligence, receives and checks reports on spending money, works on recruiting groups of people in Turkey from among the citizens of member states of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) as well as Uighurs. He actively conducts propaganda among the citizens of CIS member states in madrasahs in Turkey.

Mehmed is reportedly considered a very valuable employee by Turkish intelligence. He often uses forged documents on business trips from the IHH foundation in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan.

Under the pretext of “good intentions”, Mehmed collects data and recruits people.

Turkish MIT has actively begun to establish contact with terrorist groups whose members are natives of Central Asia. Only in the last month, Turkey, according to the report, has sent militants from Afghanistan to groups such as:

  • Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan)
  • Union of Islamic Jihad (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Ansarulloh (Tajikistan)
  • Guraba Khurasan (Uyghurs)

Turkey is working with the help of its “tamed” terrorists not only in Libya, Syria, Azerbaijan, but they have already actively begun to work with their terrorists against Central Asian states.

This report provides some insight into how Turkey spreads its influence and infiltrates itself in various conflicts in the Middle East, as well as in Africa as the example of Libya is still present.

Currently, more and more evidence surfaces online that members of Turkish-backed radical militant groups from Syria poor into the Nagorno-Karagbakh conflict zone where the Armenian-Azerbaijani war has been raging. These militants participate in the conflict on the side of Turkey’s ally, Azerbaijan, and has reportedly already suffered notable casualties.

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