Published originally under the title “Outlawed Hizbullah Entity Resumed Operations in Turkey with Erdoğan Gov’t Approval.”
Documents referenced in this article are available in the original Nordic Monitor version.
Turkish authorities recently approved the reopening of an outlawed, Iranian-funded association with ties to designated Turkish terrorist group Hizbullah nearly a decade after a court ruled to ban the organization.
The move is yet more evidence of how the Islamist government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been developing closer ties with Iran, which has been secretly funding Hizbullah and affiliated entities, providing intelligence and arms training to its militants.
The ceremony for the reopening of Mustazaf-Der (meaning “Those Oppressed,” Mustazaflar ile Yardımlaşma ve Dayanışma Derneği in Turkish) was held on September 11 in Diyarbakır’s central Bağlar district where Hizbullah’s political front, the Free Cause Party (HÜDA-PAR), is headquartered.