— The Erimtan Angle —

On Tuesday. 20 October 2015, RT reported that ‘Turkish police have detained dozens of ISIS-connected suspects, among them 24 under the age of 18, who are being trained to operate in Syria and Iraq as Islamic State’s militants. The Istanbul Anti-Terror Directorate has arrested dozens of foreigners in one of the districts of Turkey’s largest city. Those detained are suspected of getting ready to transfer to areas of Syria in Iraq under Islamic State’s control, the Turkish daily Vatan reports. Detectives targeted some 18 homes in Istanbul’s eastern Pendik district. Special operations teams supported by a helicopter simultaneously raided all the suspicious addresses. The raids were part of the investigation into the massive terror attack that killed over 100 people in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on October 10′.[1]

The report continues that ‘[a]ltogether 53 people have been detained, including 24 minors, all of them from the Central Asian countries of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The minors were brought to the Pendik Children’s Bureau Headquarters, while most of the rest were summoned to the Anti-Terror Directorate headquarters for questioning. Many of those detained had entered Turkey illegally, authorities said. The anti-terror teams say they have proof that the detained Tajiks and Uzbeks have connections to Islamic State (former ISIS/ISIL), finding maps of conflict zones in Syria and Iraq, as well as other documents, in their raids. Turkish authorities believe that the suspects organized training for the 24 minors in the basements of the raided installations. The children were taught radical Islam, extremist ideology and rules for living in Islamic State-controlled areas. Thousands of foreigners have joined Islamic State, which is currently estimated to have from 30,000 to as many as 200,000 fighters in its ranks. Up to 5,000 of them are believed to be Uzbek nationals, Vatan reports. In August, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), a terrorist organization founded in 1996, officially announced its voluntary dissolution and swore allegiance to Islamic State. Before that, it had been affiliated with Al-Qaeda. Islamic State has never concealed the fact it uses children in its operations, organizing training camps for them, where they are trained to become jihadi fighters and even behead people’.[2]

The RT report furthermore elaborates that “Turkey had opened its border with Syria in the beginning of the civil war there in an effort to help rebels fighting against President Bashar Assad’s regime. This has reportedly allowed jihadist groups that rose rapidly in Syria to safely cross into Turkey to use it as a safe haven and resupply base . . . After Ankara agreed to share its bases with members of the coalition battling Islamic State in July [2015], ISIS released a video blaming Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan of aiding “crusaders” and their jets to kill the Muslims in Islamic State. The jihadists called Erdogan an infidel and urged Turks to rebel and conquer Istanbul’.[3]

Now that Turkey has apparently a legitimate target for Jihadi terrorists, so far, the Caliph’s wrath appears to have been primarily aimed at the Kurdish opposition, apparently unwittingly aiding Turkey’s AKP-led government in this way. As I wrote last July, “Monday’s suicide blast in the Turkish border town of Suruç has shocked the nation and is now occupying the full media landscape of the country (20 July 2015). Once again, this violent episode has brought Ankara’s fraught relationship with the Kurds in Turkey and Syria to the fore. Yet, blame for the attack was immediately put at the doorstep of Caliph Ibrahim and the Islamic State right across the Turco-Syrian border”.[4]  And just about two weeks ago, another deadly attacked targeted supporters of the Kurdish and leftist political party HDP, who were getting ready to join a peace rally in the capital Ankara.[4]

Talking to bne IntelliNews, I declared that “it’s ‘obvious’ that there is a connection between the October 10 twin attacks in Ankara and what happened in Suruc on July 20. ‘It is the same methodology… Voices have emerged in Turkey accusing the government of colluding with the IS for these attacks and of employing IS to counteract the growth of the Kurdish movement in Turkey. What happened [on 10 October 2015] bares the hallmarks of that, and it would stand to reason that there could be some government complicity in there’. [Furthermore adding that it is my belief that] the only party that will benefit from this is the AKP. ‘The first reaction of people might be that the HDP will now get more sympathy votes, which may be true, but the Kurds are a limited group – 10% [or rather 20%, according to more recent estimates] of the population, and the sympathy vote will be minor. On the other hand, the AKP’s electorate is concerned with terrorist attacks and will turn to the government for protection and safeguarding. So I think that the only one who will benefit from this attack is the ruling party'”.[6]

[1] “ISIS camp in Istanbul trained children as terrorists” RT News (20 Oct 2015). https://www.rt.com/news/319160-istanbul-terrorist-camp-children/.

[2] “ISIS camp in Istanbul trained children as terrorists”.

[3] “ISIS camp in Istanbul trained children as terrorists”.

[4] “False Flag Terror Attack in Suruç: The AKP, the HDP and the IS” The Erimtan Angle (25 July 2015). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/false-flag-terror-attack-in-suruc-the-akp-the-hdp-and-the-is/.

[5] “Ankara’da Bombalı Saldırı: 10 Ekim 2015” The Erimtan Angle (11 October 2015). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2015/10/11/ankarada-bombali-saldiri-10-ekim-2015/.

[6] Carmen Valache, “Protesters rally against Turkish government as death toll said to rise to 128” bne IntelliNews (11 October 2015). http://www.intellinews.com/turkey-1001/protesters-rally-against-turkish-government-as-death-toll-said-to-rise-to-128-80718/?src=email&type=html&s=Ym5lIEludGVsbGlOZXdzIE1pZGRheSBFZGl0aW9uIE9jdG9iZXIgMTIsIDIwMTU=&e=Y3ZhbGFjaGVAYm5lLmV1&_eid=bdb6ea5518eb970e4afdc8924fcaef75.

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