— The Erimtan Angle —

The Turkish news agency Doğan Haber Ajansı released a report recently stating that ‘[a]uthorities have issued a bomb warning in Istanbul, Ankara and the southern province of Hatay, following a tip off that an al-Qaeda linked group was preparing to organize a suicide attack, Doğan News Agency reported on Jan. 21. Turkish intelligence reached information that 20 militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were planning attacks to disrupt this week’s Geneva II peace talks, the report said. The militants were particularly planning to target hotels and meeting rooms where members of the Syrian opposition and the Free Syrian Army stay were staying or holding meetings. Intelligence units have informed the Police Department and the Gendarmerie General Command to take extraordinary security measures’.[1]

The Doğan Haber Ajansı got hold of an official document which detailed this threat issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) or ad-Dawla al-Islāmiyya fi al-’Irāq wa-sh-Shām (or the Arabic acronym Dā’ish): the Turkish security forces have “determined that 20 ISIL [or ISIS] members were planning to organize suicide attacks in our country [Turkey]. Hotels in Hatay are considered among the primary targets. Besides Hatay, big hotels and meeting centers in Ankara and Istanbul are also [among the targets]. The suicide bombers have a list of names that were determined as primary targets”.[2]


[1] “Turkish authorities issue suicide attack warning amid Syria talks, after tip on al-Qaeda linked group” Doğan Haber Ajansı. (21 Jan 2014). http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-authorities-issue-suicide-attack-warning-amid-syria-talks-after-tip-on-al-qaeda-linked-group.aspx?pageID=238&nID=61350&NewsCatID=341.

[2] “Turkish authorities issue suicide attack warning amid Syria talks, after tip on al-Qaeda linked group”.

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