October 13, 2013 • 11:16AM
Despite the fact that the Turkish government always denies that it is supporting al-Qaeda groups in Syria, it has now issued a resolution to freeze the assets of individuals and corporations known to have links to al-Qaeda and the Taliban. This is only because Ankara wants to be removed from a “gray list” compiled by an international body that combats terrorism financing.
Now it will freeze the assets of 349 individuals and 67 corporations which it apparently had claimed did not exit.
This “gray list” was complied by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). “Gray list” countries are thought to have not done enough or not be committed to the FATF’s action plan to address deficiencies in combatting financing terrorism. Turkey was placed on the list is due to its failure to comply with a UN Security Council resolution on freezing assets of individuals affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Taliban