ISIS targeted Kurds in Syria

ISIS targeted Kurds in Syria

Ankara, July 21, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

Suicide bombing attack resulted in 30 dead, 100 injured

By Manolis Kostidis

The Islamic State with a terrorist attack caused a massacre against the Kurds of Turkey, mobilising the security forces of the country, who are on high alert for similar hits in the turkish soil.

The Kurds of Turkey already speak of using their own resources to protect themselves!

On midday Monday the Kurds had planned a gathering in the Suruc district of the city Sanliurfa, on the reconstruction of Kobani. The attack occurred in the garden of the cultural center in the heart of Suruc. A suicide bomber approached the area and detonated the explosive device that had been placed over her body. From the powerful explosion at least 30 people were killed and 100 more have been wounded. The Turkish authorities are concerned about the increasing number of victims. In the cultural center were living hundreds of young people who were assisting in the effort to rebuild Kobani.

Among the assembled were at least 300 members of the organization Socialist Youth Union (SGDF). According to information, in this area are also hospitalized the wounded from the fights of the Kurds in Syria.

Almost half an hour after the explosion a suicide attack occurred in Kobani, killing two people.

No organization has claimed responsibility for the attack, however, the initial signs point to a suicide bombing orchestrated by the Islamic State. According to the turkish Press, the attack was carried out by an 18-year woman old suicide bomber.

The largest part of the population of Suruc consists of Kurds and is located very close to the Kurdish Kobani. As a result, several times it has been used as a shelter by the Kurds, but it has also been the focus point of tension from across the border.

Demitras: “We will take responsibility for our safety”

The president of the pro-Kurdish Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas, argued that the Kurds within Turkey should take over their self-defense. “Our people must now fend for itself. All our organisations must take security measures”.

The HDP in an official announcement called for the Turkish people to rally against the Islamic State. “This army of rapists will not be stopped by false government policies, it will be stopped by the support of the people. We call the people from Edirne to Hakkari to join forces to the peace block”.

Erdogan condemned the attack

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack and stressed that “terrorism must be condemned wherever it may come from. Terrorism has no religion, country, nation. We must combat it together”.

Last June, the jihadists had unleashed an attack at Kobani, using trapped cars, resulting in dozens of Kurds getting killed.

After the suicide attack, clashes had broken out between the jihadists and Kurdish forces in the city center.

The Kurds of Syria have accused Ankara that the jihadists had reached Kobani by passing through turkish territory.

The spokesman of the Turkish foreign ministry had rejected the accusations that the militants who had launched the attack on Kobani entered Syria through turkish territory, calling such claims “false”.

The men of the Islamic State for four months have been trying to take over Koabni, before being repelled in January by Kurdish forces with the support of the international coalition, who was performing air strikes.

Kurds and main opposition accuse the Davutoglu government

The main opposition and the Kurds have accused the Turkish government on many occasions for supporting the jihadists, claiming that there are the training camps in Turkey.

In 2013 the Turkish gendarmerie had stopped trucks that were revealed to be carrying weapons, which according to the turkish Press were intended for the jihadists who fight against Assad.

Ankara does not want an independent Kurdish region in northern SYRIA

Erdogan has clearly stated that he will not allow the creation of an autonomous Kurdish region in northern Syria.

In Turkey in recent weeks there are scenarios of a military invasion in Syria (and in areas controlled by the Kurds) with the pretext of fighting against the jihadist and the creation of a buffer zone for hosting refugees.

Armed clashes between the PKK and the Turksih Army

Despite the truce declared by Ocalan the PKK rebels clashed with men of the Turkish army in the town of Adiyaman in southeast Turkey. According to the announcement of the Turkish armed forces, the armed conflict resulted in one soldier losing his life and two others wounded.

The Turkish government had started peace talks with the Kurds, but were stopped by Erdogan who recently stated that Turkey cannot talk with “those who are affiliated with terrorist organisations”.

However, until last April, the head of the MIT visited the PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan (Abdullah Ocalan) many times on Imrali island, with talks having reached the point of the declaration of Dolmabahce, where HDP with the Government had announce what the steps of resolving the Kurdish issue should proceed.