How the ISIS Terror Attack Will Affect Turkey's Relations in the Region
It’s difficult to say exactly what happens with these groups because ISIS doesn’t lay out the nature of its relationship either with the Turkish government. Turkish government doesn’t talk about its relationship, so its hard to say what has changed. But what one can interpret is that certainly we know that since about 2012 if not earlier than that - in 2011 - the Turkish government porous border. It, in fact, encouraged people to land at Martin airport, to land at other airports, Gaziantep airport, in southeastern Turkey and take buses across the border to join various rebel outfits inside Syria.
Now, of course some of these people, particularly the big surge of people from Libya and Tunesia went and joined ISIS. One of the contradictory things of the American bombing of ISIS is when Americans started bombing the ISIS area, many of these people who weren’t fully committed to this particular struggle, turned around, when back to Martin… Gaziantep, and took flights home. Some of them went to Istanbul.
Now, one of the curious things, several years ago, a CIA person told me is that in 2001 and 2002, when the Americans went and bombed Afghanistan, he said we bombed with such force, as if we were using a hammer to smash a vile of mercury and the mercury spread all over.