Documents seized in police raids in six Turkish cities indicate that the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) seeks to declare “jihad” in Turkey, a declaration that drew condemnation from the highest religious authority in the country.
Police uncovered photos, videos and audio recordings of al-Qaeda leader Halis Bayancuk during the raids in Van, Istanbul, Kayseri, Gaziantep, Kilis and Adana, Turkish daily Taraf reported in June.
“After the jihad of Syria, Turkey will be the next target. We will conquer Istanbul, God willing,” Bayancuk says in one of the recordings, a video apparently shot in a camp inside Syria.
Bayancuk, who was arrested in Turkey in January, is suspected of organising ISIL cells in the country.
Such reports have drawn condemnation from the Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey’s highest religious authority.
“The Muslim identity is above all sectarian, dispositional and political considerations. No structure should be allowed to…
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