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The Muslim Brother and Istanbul’s Terrace Tema tower

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The government’s Syrian policy does not only generate foreign dilemmas and refugee inflows. It also builds new ways of conducting business, cultural structures and ideologies. Turkey’s alliance with the jihadists on the combat field has evolved from a purely functional relationship to one that is more organic.

As an example, whilst looking into the profits that have been made from land development in Istanbul’s Küçükçekmece district, one discovers a network or relations involved the controversial “Ensar” foundation and the famed Turkish company Torunlar. One also discovers the role of a politician from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in this relationship and how the Syrian conflict has allowed the government to turn into a real estate agent.

It recently came out that a former ISIS executioner has been living in the Marmara city of Bursa working as a natural gas service provider for three years. Another one has been living in Ankara’s Keçiören district – where Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has a house – with his family and a Yezidi woman he enslaved. These events are tied both to the war front and to the construction site.

Another recent and telling event took place, again, in Istanbul’s western Küçükçekmece district. In the district’s Atakent neighborhood, a project called “Terrace........

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