Court Transcript exposed how Turkey-Qatar sponsorship of extremists in Syria caused Terzi’s death

Semih Terzi

The courtroom transcript availed by the Nordic Monitor website, revealed the true reason behind the killing of Turkish Brigadier General Semih Terzi. Terzi, one of the key leaders of the 2016 failed coup in Turkey, conspired to end the decade long rule of Turkish despotic President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But what took his life was not the attempt to coup but the secret which Turkish premier didn’t want to get out.

Terzi was shot on the orders of Lt. Gen. Zekai Aksakalli, the then head of Turkey’s Special Forces Command. The court document containing the testimony of Col. Firat Alakus, who was also part of the intelligence section of the Special Forces Command, revealed that the Terzi found out about the illegal transfer of Qatari findsto jihadists in Syria, in order to strengthen Turkish stand and worsen the Syrian conflict.

Alakus testified at a hearing at the 17th High Criminal Court in Ankara in March, 2019. Alakus said that Terzi got to know that Aksakalli was part of the secret mission, led by the Turkish intelligence agency (MIT), which ran illegal operations in Syria supporting militants in the war-torn country.

“[Terzi] knew how much of the funding delivered [to Turkey] by Qatar for the purpose of purchasing weapons and ammunition for the opposition was actually used for that and how much of it was actually used by public officials, how much was embezzled,” Alakus said. Alakus added that Qatar was one of the players in this entire conspiracy against Syrian regime, while there were other countries too whose funds were also misdirected to support extremists after they were transferred to Turkey.

Alakuş, who was the then head of the ÖKK (Turkish) intelligence unit, exposed about his country’s other secret dealing as well. He said, “[Terzi] was aware of who in the government was involved in an oil-smuggling operation from Syria, how the profits were shared and what activities they were involved in.” Alakus who is currently serving life imprisonment since 2019, added that Brig. Gen.

Terzi was also aware how on the orders of the Turkish government some government officials brought senior members of armed radical and jihadist groups for medical assistance in Turkey under the guise of moderate Free Syrian Army troops and receivedloads of bribes for their services, which was a violation of Turkish law.

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