EXCLUSIVE: Terrorist Using Turkish Lira in Northern Syria
Terrorist militants in northern Syria said on Tuesday they would begin trading in Turkish lira instead of the Syrian pound, as Ankara plans to create an ISIL-free zone along its border with the war-torn country.
The insurgents would begin switching to the Turkish currency in the militants-held area, a statement carried by the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The aim of the move is “to put financial pressure on the Syrian regime until it falls and a new currency is minted.”
The so-called “Islamic court” in Aleppo posted a video showing its employees receiving their monthly salaries in Turkish Lira.
Fighting in Syria took a turn on Monday when the al-Qaeda branch in Syria, Nusra Front said it was withdrawing from areas between Aleppo and the border with Turkey, abandoning its positions against ISIL (so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant), a rival Takfiri group.
Meanwhile, The Takfiri group said Turkey is trying to establish a buffer zone stretching from Aleppo to the border town of Kobani to prevent the establishment of a Kurdish state.
Turkey and the US plan to create a buffer zone along the border with Syria by expelling ISIL from the area, according to a US defense official.