Erdogan didn’t, or couldn’t, name the “foreign fighter”, but apparently he was detained in Gaziantep, which is close to the Turkey-Syrian border, and later we are informed by the Turkish government that the “he” being refered to was Ibrahim el-Bakraoui who blew himself up at 7:58 a.m. on Tuesday in the departure hall at Brussels Airport.
The question that might be asked is why a Belgian born citizen’s request to be deported to Holland rather than Belgium was granted, even if the Turks claim that, as a citizen of an EU country, he had the right to make this request? Now, both the Belgian and Dutch governments are under pressure to come up with an explanation as to why el-Bakroui wasn’t arrested. After all, according to Ankara, the Belgian authorities were notified about his detention and potential threat.
Nevertheless, with Belgium’s Justice Minister Koen Geens denying the 30-year-old Belgian citizen had been flagged as a possible terrorist, there is cause for real concern here and all the more so when it is noticed that these deportations are common practice. For instance, over three days in early July last year, Turkish security forces detained 45 foreign nationals, who then underwent health checks before being deported. Yes, let’s make sure they are healthy before they blow themselves up on the streets of some European metropolis.
Of course, the reaction, or lack of reaction, by the Belgian and Dutch governments to the possible threat posed by el-Bakroui should be the subject of some investigation. Nevertheless, it is Turkey’s role, and Turkish interests, in all of this that should be put under the microscope.
When this is done it will be seen that not only is Ankara cultivating very close links with ISIS, whose supply lines they maintain, but is also willing to kill any individual who threatens to reveal this. That is why it is time for a high-level international investigation into Turkey’s links with terror.