Turkey Grants Citizenship To Former Al Qaeda Commander

Turkey Grants Citizenship To Former Al Qaeda Commander

Ankara has granted Turkish citizenship to former al Qaeda commander, Syrian national Manar Al-Shami, journalist Lindsey Snell said.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

Rebranding a number of Syrian factions as the Syrian National Army (SNA), critics say Turkey has incorporated extreme jihadist groups into the SNA.

Turkey had supported the foundation of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a group known to have incorporated fighters from the Nusra Front, which had pledged allegiance to al Qaeda, last year.

In January, German police arrested four people, two of them Turkish-originated German citizens, accused of soliciting financial donations in Europe for Syrian militant group Tahrir al-Sham.

Approximately 3 percent, around 110,000, of the 3.6 million Syrians living in Turkey have been granted Turkish citizenship, according to data from the interior ministry.

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