As reported previously by LaRouchePAC, the recent raids conducted in Turkey on the offices of the International Humanitarian Foundation (IHH) after weapons and ammunition were found on an IHH truck attempting to cross from Turkey into Syria and the arrest of at least two al-Qaeda leaders, have served to confirm the role of the Turkish government of Erdogan and the IHH in gunrunning from Libya to Syria.
As the UN Panel of Experts' Report dated March 9, 2013 pointed out, the al-Entisar fishing boat delivered weapons from Libya to Turkey for transport to Syria in the period immediately before the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission and CIA annex in Benghazi. The shipment was consigned to the IHH.
On March 29, 2011, the Turkish publication Today's Zaman reported in an article entitled, "Turkey Will Run Benghazi Airport," that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that "Turkey will take over the running of the airport in Benghazi to facilitate the transport of humanitarian aid to Libya in an agreement with NATO. Erdogan said Turkey agreed to undertaking three assignments concerning Libya within NATO. Participation in the enforcement of the no-fly zone and the help of Turkish naval forces in the corridor between Crete and Benghazi are the two other assignments in addition to the running of the airport in Benghazi."
This is significant because as documented by the UN Panel of Experts, shipments of weapons were made by plane from both Qatar and the U.A.E. to Benghazi despite the existence of a no-fly zone to enforce the UN embargo of weapons shipments to Libya. Turkey controlled the airport in behalf of NATO and was responsible for imposing the no-fly zone.
Furthermore, the fact that Turkish naval forces patrolled the sea lanes from Benghazi explains why the al-Entisar and undoubtedly other ships were able to sail to Turkey with weapons unmolested.
At the same time, the IHH had set up offices in Benghazi and then later in Misrata. In fact, the Turkish consul in Benghazi Ali Davutoglu and the National Transitional Council of Libya presented Rafet Aydogdu, the IHH coordinator in Libya, a certificate fo appreciation for the foundation's efforts in Libya. Davutoglu as the Turkish consul in Benghazi served directly under the Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin who met with Ambassador Chis Stevens just prior to the attack. Ahmet Davutoglu is the Foreign Minister of Turkey.