HASAKAH, Syria — A Chechen woman affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) who was arrested by the Internal Security Forces (ISF) of North and East Syria several few days ago while trying to escape from Al-Hol Refugee Camp revealed that a Turkish charity was involved in the smuggling of many ISIS women out of the camp.
The evidence and testimony of the Chechen woman, Fatima Radwan Os, is the latest in an expanding portfolio that demonstrates Turkish involvement in attempts to free members of ISIS from detention in North and East Syria.
Os reportedly stated to North and East Syria officials that Turkey and Turkish-backed factions use the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) to finance the smuggling of ISIS members from the camp.
Os was arrested alongside another woman and her children and mother while trying to flee to Turkey in an empty water tanker. She confirmed during her confession that many ISIS women escaped from the camp through these tanks.
The head of IHH, Fehmi Bülent Yıldırım, was investigated for providing financial support to Al-Qaeda linked groups in 2012.
Yildirim led the funeral prayers at the memorial service for Shamil Basayev, senior leader of the Chechen movement who led the Budyonnovsk hospital raid and the Belsan school massacre where his men executed over 100 and 333 civilians respectively.