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Turkey is enabling the flow of terrorists into Europe, according to King Abdullah of Jordan, leaked documents revealed.
The Guardian has obtained leaked minutes of a closed-doors briefing King Abdullah gave congressional leaders during a visit to the United States in January.
According to the documents, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “believes in a radical Islamic solution to the problems in the region” and the “fact that terrorists are going to Europe is part of Turkish policy, and Turkey keeps getting a slap on the hand, but they get off the hook.”
This comes mere days after the announcement of a large deal between the European Union and Turkey. The latter will receive €3bn ($3.36bn) in exchange for the return of refugees from Europe to Turkey, and an additional €3bn to assisting with providing care for refugees.
King Abdullah contrasted this with Jordan’s own fight against terrorism. Jordan is particularly concerned with al-Shabaab, the Islamist terrorist organisation operating in Somalia that is linked to both al-Qaeda and ISIS.
“Jordan is looking at al-Shabaab because no one was really looking at the issue, and we cannot separate this issue, and the need to look at all the hotspots in the map,” he said. “We have a rapid deployment force that will stand with the British and Kenya and is ready to go over the border [into Somalia].”
Other revelations in the documents include indications that intelligence services around the world are intentionally keeping terrorist websites “open so they can use them to track extremists,” as has been suggested previously in relation to hacktivist collective Anonymous’ attacks on jihadist websites.
Reportedly, tech giant Google told King Abdullah “they have 500 people working on this.”