Niger on Christmas day 25th December 2019 arrested two Turkish citizens and a local collaborator as they arrived Niamey from Istanbul for trying to provide logistical support and Weapons to the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara #ISGS & #ISWAP.
The local collaborator was meant to be initiated into ISWAP.
Turkey has been using the Turkish built (Build and operate) international Airport in Niger and Turkish Airline flights to smuggle in weapons to the Salafi Jihadi groups in the region.
In the latest revelation back in 2014 linking Turkey’s authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to jihadists, it is claimed that Turkish Airlines was responsible for shipping arms to Nigeria.
In a 2014 audio recording circulating on YouTube, the assistant executive of the Turkish airline, Mehmet Karatas, allegedly told Mustafa Varank, a former adviser to Mr Erdogan, then-Turkish Prime Minister, that he felt guilty over the arms shipment to Nigeria.
“I do not know whether these [weapons] will kill Muslims or Christians. I feel sinful,” Mr Karatas was allegedly heard saying.