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Israeli minister accuses Turkey of supporting ISIS


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Israel's defense minister said on Tuesday that Islamic State militants had been funded with "Turkish money”, REUTERS reported.

“It's up to Turkey, the Turkish government, the Turkish leadership, to decide whether they want to be part of any kind of cooperation to fight terrorism. This is not the case so far,” Moshe Yaalon told reporters in Athens.

“Daesh (ISIS) enjoyed Turkish money for oil for a very, very long period of time. I hope that it will be ended,” Yaalon told reporters after meeting his Greek counterpart, Panos Kammenos.

Turkey has denied permitting oil smuggling by the Islamist militant group, which holds swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. The United States last month rejected Russian allegations that the Turkish government and President Tayyip Erdogan's family were in league with Islamic State to smuggle oil.

However, U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said last month that IS was selling oil to middlemen who in turn were involved in smuggling the oil across the frontier to Turkey.

Yaalon also said that Turkey had “permitted jihadists to move from Europe to Syria and Iraq and back, as part of Daesh's terrorist network, and I hope this will stop too”, according to a Greek transcript provided by the defense ministry.

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