Turkish daily Cumhuriyet face an investigation after publishing images on Friday, showing ammunition claiming that were sent to Syrian opposition forces by the Turkish Intelligence Service (MIT).
The images and short video footage show ammunition in a box that are opened by individuals whose faces are unseen while opening boxes in an unknown place.
Similar images and footage were published by Turkish left-wing daily Aydinlik on Jan. 2014 with a headline that said, “Cannons, not pipe” suggesting the images were evidence to the allegations that MIT is sending weapons to several groups fighting in Syria.
The Syria-bound MIT trucks were stopped in Turkey’s southern provinces of Adana and Hatay in January 2014 and were searched by local gendarmerie over claims that they were carrying arms shipments to al Qaeda affiliated groups in Syria.
Turkey’s Interior Ministry said the trucks were carrying humanitarian aid to the Syrian Turkmen community which lives under constant attacks of Assad regime in war-torn Syria.
Four prosecutors and a former gendarmerie commander were charged with ‘spying’ for issuing the search warrants which violates the national security law as the interception involved MIT properties, on May 7.
Turkey has been one of the most outspoken critics of Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad, who refuses to step down after over four years of civil war in his country.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also spoke on May 12 about claims that MIT is sending weapons to Al Qaeda.
He said, "Such lies against our intelligence agency are unacceptable. Those who make such claims have the obligation to prove them. At a time when Turkmens in Bayirbucak are under attack, it is unthinkable for Turkey to do nothing to help them."
Erdogan pointed out that Turkey is going to protect Syrian Turkmens who are living in Bayirbucak, north of the Syrian city of Latakia, which has recently come under heavy bombardment from Assad regime forces.
Turkey is also currently serving as a host site to train 5,000 allied Syrian opposition fighters as part of a US-led “train and equip” program.
In addition, the country hosts a joint operations room called the Military Operations Command for military and intelligence representatives from Western and Arab nations, from which military aid is sent to Western-backed groups in Syria.