Afghanistan er nå det hotteste for jihadister verden over. Fra alle kanter flokker de til Al Qaidas og Talibans treningsleire i Pakistan. En godt bevart hemmelighet er at mange kommer fra NATO-landet Tyrkia.
Turkey also appears to have emerged as a source of recruits. Brian Glyn Williams, associate professor of Islamic history at the University of Massachusetts, estimated as many as 100 Turks had made their way to Pakistan to join the fight in Afghanistan.
«The story of Turkish involvement in transnational jihadism is one of the best kept stories of the war on terror,» said Williams, who noted that al-Qaida videos posted on YouTube mention Turks engaging in the insurgency. «The local Afghans whom I talked to claim that the Turks and other foreigners are more prone to suicidal assaults than the local Taliban.»
Dozens of Turkish Islamic militants have trained in al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and taken part in attacks there, said Emin Demirel, an anti-terrorism expert in Turkey. He said images of attacks on mosques or Muslim villages provide propaganda for recruiting young Turkish Muslims.
«Nowadays, they are effectively using the Internet to communicate with fellow militants, and police have difficulty in keeping tabs on several of the jihadist sites,» said Demirel, author of several books on Turkish Islamic militant groups. «Turkish courts sometimes locally block access to one particular site, but it is still accessed outside Turkey. Those Web sites eulogize fallen fighters as martyrs in order to recruit among radical Muslim youths.»
One example was Cuneyt Ciftci, the German-born son of Turkish immigrants, who took the Arabic nom de guerre of Saad Abu Furqan. In a video obtained last March by the AP, the 28-year-old was shown giving a final hug goodbye to some friends before blowing himself up outside a U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan.
A Turkish news Web site, Uslanmam, said an Uzbek militant group called Islamic Jihad Union claimed responsibility and eulogized Ciftci as «the brave Turk who has left his luxury life in Germany and came here to go to paradise.»
Just a couple of weeks later, newspapers in Pakistan reported that four Turkish nationals with suspected links to al-Qaida had been arrested by authorities on a bus. They were found with explosives, ammunition and jihadi sites on their laptop computers.
Blant folk i grenseområdene er ikke «gjestene» populære. De husker sist «araberne» eller ikhawanis, som de ble kalt, var på ferde med sin arroganse.
Al-Qaida draws more foreign recruits to Afghan war