The leader of the main opposition in Turkey made a public announcement on Friday in front of a private military training and consultancy company, the founder of which served till recently as chief advisor of the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the chair of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), told reporters in front of SADAT’s headquarters in Istanbul that SADAT is a company that trained terrorists.
“SADAT, the headquarters of which we’re standing before right now, is a paramilitary institution, and they served as Erdoğan’s advisors till recently. One of the missions of this institution is providing training for unconventional warfare. I want to draw your attention to what this means. Unconventional warfare is sabotage, raiding, ambushing, inflicting damage, assassination and terror. This is a place that trains terrorists.”
He addressed SADAT executives with questions:
“Who are your supporters? What are your financial sources? From which sources do you provide money from? How many people did you train as saboteurs? How many people did you train as terrorists? Where are these saboteurs and terrorists, in Turkey or elsewhere? We’d like to learn about all these.”
Commenting on the statements by Kılıçdaroğlu, Kurdish journalist Cahit Mervan said to Medya Haber TV that SADAT also actively played its part in Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian civil war.
“They actually threw gas on the Syrian civil war, on that fire. They supported these jihadists, gangs, all sorts of unconventional forces there. They dispatched many militants from Turkey to Syria, and armed them with lots and lots of weapons. As a matter of fact, they did everything in their power for the turmoil in Syria to continue and for the war to escalate.”