Add news
March 2010April 2010May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020January 2021February 2021March 2021April 2021May 2021June 2021July 2021August 2021September 2021October 2021November 2021December 2021January 2022February 2022March 2022April 2022May 2022June 2022July 2022August 2022September 2022October 2022November 2022
News Every Day |

Turkey Says PKK’s Syrian Offshoot Behind Bloody Istanbul Attack

Turkey Says PKK’s Syrian Offshoot Behind Bloody Istanbul Attack

Memorial point after the 2022 attack in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo Credit: Kurmanbek, Wikipedia Commons

By Menekse Tokyay

In an overnight raid, Istanbul police detained a 23-year-old Syrian woman, Ahlam Al-Bashir, as the prime suspect for having planted the bomb that killed six people and wounded 81 people in the city on Sunday.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu announced that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, and its Syrian offshoot the Democratic Union Party, or PYD, were behind Sunday’s blast in Istiklal Avenue, targeting civilians.

In a statement published by the Fırat news agency, the PKK denied any involvement in the attack, but Turkish intelligence sources insist on the high probability of the group’s role in it.

Al-Bashir confessed she was trained by Kurdish militants in Syria and entered Turkiye illegally through Syria’s northwestern Afrin region, currently controlled by Turkish troops.

She was caught in the CCTV footage, wearing a hijab and camouflage, when leaving the area with a remotely controlled bomb-loaded bag.

Among the victims of the attack were a 3-year-old girl and her father, an employee at the Ministry of Family and Social Services’ branch in the southern province of Adana. They were vacationing in Istanbul.

The White House released a press statement, in which it said that the US “strongly condemns the act of violence” and reiterated that it “(stands) shoulder-to-shoulder with its NATO ally Turkiye in countering terrorism.”

Soylu, however, openly criticized the US for giving support to Kurdish militants in Syria, saying “the insincerity of our allies who officially send money is obvious” and comparing the condolences to the arrival of the murderer at the crime scene.

Security analysts insist that there was a PKK connection to the attack, based on patterns observed in previous attacks.

“This time, the PKK appears to be targeting civilians in a crowded spot in a metropolis in order to generate a wider impact on public opinion and attract more attention ahead of the elections set for next year,” Erol Bural, a retired colonel and head of the Ankara-based Research Center for Combating Terrorism and Radicalization, told Arab News.

“The ongoing anti-terror operations of Turkiye seriously weakened the PKK’s military clout within the country and in its region, which also undermined the organizational capabilities of the group as well as its popular support. The only way to regain it was through terrorism, a bomb attack, to punish Turkiye,” he said.

According to Bural, the PKK uses this pattern against civilians to instill fear and as a reminder that it still poses a threat and can repeat such acts.

Turkiye considers the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, and PYD as linked to the PKK, an armed group listed as a terror organization by the US, EU and Turkey.

Turkiye carried out three operations in northern Syria against the YPG, while another operation was expected this year but never realized.

The PKK has fought an almost four-decades-long armed insurgency against the Turkish state, claiming the lives of over 40,000 people. The group has several members exiled in Sweden.

As part of the newly established consensus between Turkiye and Sweden to give the Scandinavian country’s NATO accession bid a green light, Sweden’s foreign minister in the new government recently said Stockholm needed to “distance” itself from the YPG and PYD, who control much of northern Syria.

“There is too close a link between these organizations and the PKK,” Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom recently told broadcaster Sveriges Radio.

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson recently visited Ankara to discuss the details of its entry into NATO.

Bural believes that the latest Istanbul attack may also carry a threatening message toward European countries, implying that similar acts may happen in their countries as well if they ever restrict the PKK’s presence and its propaganda activities.

“From now on, the PKK may conduct its terror acts in big cities using its networks and proxies inside Turkiye or by deploying foreign fighters from abroad.

“In both cases, Turkiye needs to tighten its border security and take additional precautions against potential cells within the country.

“Each year, about 200 terror acts of various groups are prevented in Turkiye, but one of them escapes from the security radar and claims so many innocent lives,” Bural said.

While the PKK is seen as a top suspect in the blast, experts also draw attention to the Iranian factor in such acts of terrorism in Turkey, considering the recent disagreements between the two countries.

On July 22, Kataib Seyid el-Suheda, an Iranian-backed militia group in Iraq, shared a photo from Taksim square in Istanbul, with the slogan “Wherever we need to be, we will be there.”

The same account posted another video on July 24.

“Our eyes are on Istanbul. People loyal to Abu Alaa El-Vali,” the message in it said, referring to the leader of the Iranian-backed militia group, “are at the heart of Turkiye, just (as) they were yesterday.”

Just hours before the Istanbul attack, a controversial Iranian article also blamed Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan for playing a role in the terror attack on a Shiite religious shrine in the Iranian city of Shiraz on Oct. 22, which killed 15 people, and for promoting Azerbaijani separatism.

Daesh claimed responsibility for that attack.

Pro-Iran Shiite militia groups have been previously accused of being behind rocket attacks against a Turkish base north of Iraq’s Mosul following Turkish airstrikes that targeted the PKK there.

Turkiye launched several cross-border military operations into Syria and northern Iraq against the PKK’s hideouts following the increase in bloody terror attacks between 2015 and 2017, which killed hundreds of civilians and security personnel.









Read also

Child, 4 others dead in Bukidnon tribal feud

Brazilian Super App Inter&Co Now Part of Amazon PSP Program

'Expect the lights to stay on': ERCOT predicting power grid reliability, watching for extreme conditions


News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro

News Every Day

One of The Greatest Britons in History - Joe Calzaghe

Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here


News Every Day

Billionaire investor Howard Marks touts a bargain boom as interest-rate fears grip markets - and predicts a surge in companies going bankrupt



Sports today


Новости тенниса
ATP

Феликс Оже - лучший с 2015 года теннисист по числу матчей за сезон в ATP-Туре



Спорт в России и мире
Москва

Кубок Москвы по джампингу прошёл в ТРЦ «Нора»


Загрузка...

All sports news today




Загрузка...

Sports in Russia today

Москва

Алексей Ягудин и Евгения Медведева дадут 22 бесплатных мастер-класса на ВДНХ


Новости России

Game News

Competitive Farming Simulator is like an agriculture Grand Prix


Russian.city


Происшествия

Утопила БМВ.


Губернаторы России
Спартак

Бывшего игрока «Спартака» арестовали в Амстердаме по делу о контрабанде кокаина


Авиарейсы в Архангельск с 1 мая будут приниматься на запасном аэропорте

Отказ Азербайджана предоставить Нагорному Карабаху (Арцаху) статус дает нам сильный юридический и политический инструментарий – бывший глава МИД Армении Осканян

Путин заявил, что русскую культуру отменяют «не очень умные люди»

Онкологи подмосковной Балашихи спасли пациента весом 140 кг


Пугачева ликвидирует свою последнюю фирму в России

В Казани объявили победителей регионального отборочного тура Всероссийского культурно-благотворительного фестиваля «Добрая волна»

Певица МакSим стала новым наставником в проекте «Голос. Дети»

Обвинительный приговор вынес Хамовнический суд Москвы по делу Авраама Руссо


Путинцева подобралась к топ-50 рейтинга WTA

Ллейтон Хьюитт и Алекс Де Минаур прокомментировали то, что Ник Киргиос не сыграл за сборную Австралии в финальном турнире "Кубка Дэвиса"

Белу-Оризонти. Рафаэль Надаль одолел Каспера Рууда в выставочной встрече, Бруно Соареш провёл прощальный парный матч

Борна Чорич показал, как болел за сборную Хорватии в матче с Канадой на ЧМ по футболу в Катаре



Ульяна Ульянова из Ульяновска шла к короне «Королевы России» в костюме Ксении Собчак

Баку хочет закрыть Лачинский коридор - омбудсмен Нагорного Карабаха (Арцаха)

SUNLIGHT расширил сеть до 500 магазинов

Чем сезон холодов опасен для женского здоровья


Игорь Рыбаков: «Продажи «Москвича» стоит стимулировать бесплатными парковками»

Стать Участником Премии Fashion Meeting – 11 декабря в Москве!

Николай Линченко принял участие в XVI Международном форуме и выставке «Транспорт России»

Певица МакSим в юбилейном сезоне шоу «Голос.Дети»


Педиатр дала советы, как уберечь ребенка от вирусных заболеваний зимой

Сотрудники ЦКиСа анонсировали праздничный концерт «Москва — город герой»

Владивосток украшают новыми мозаичными панно



Путин в России и мире







Персональные новости
Russian.city

Булат Окуджава

Булат Окуджава. Главная песенка



News Every Day

I make $1,000 a month by promoting Amazon products on social media. It only takes 5 hours per week — here's how I set up my side hustle.




Friends of Today24


Загрузка...
Музыкальные новости

Персональные новости
Moscow.media