Where is Turkey heading to after the attacks in Ankara?

Where is Turkey heading to after the attacks in Ankara?

Ankara, October 11, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

Has the battle of ISIS with the Kurds be brought in Turkey?

The Kurds accuse the Turkish State

By Manolis Kostidis

The terrorist attack with the two suicide bombers in the city center of Ankara, which is the biggest hit in the history of the Turkish Republic, is causing serious concerns to the Turkish Government and the security forces.

Eighty-five dead and at least 146 wounded is the toll so far, but what is surprising is that the fact that terrorists carried out the attack in one of the central points of the Turkish capital, outside the train station. The aim of the bombers were the Kurds on their way to join the march on “peace and democracy”.

The Turkish authorities are looking into who are behind the attacks. However, the method and type of explosives used is the same with what had happened in Suruç of southeastern Turkey last July. In that incident, thousands of Kurds had gathered to go give humanitarian aid to Kobani, which is located a few kilometers away. A suicide bomber of the Islamic State had carried out the attack, resulting in 34 Kurds losing their lives and 100 more sustaining injuries.

Many heads were turned at the announcement of the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who said that in the previous days the Turkish security forces arrested two suicide bombers in Istanbul and Ankara, who were ready to carry out terrorist attacks. This information, in combination with what happened in Ankara has caused serious discussions about the presence of terrorists in the country and the organizations that hide behind them.

“You have put us in the mire of the Middle East and will be held accountable for what you’ve done”, said the president of the CHP Kemal Kılıçdaroglu who accuses Davutoglu and Erdogan of “tearing Syria apart”, resulting in Turkey being faced with terrorism coming from the region.

The president of the pro-Kurdish party HDP Selahattin Demirtaş, criticized the government for inaction against terrorism. “The state, which daily slaughters dozens of youth on the grounds of public policy, today in central Ankara signed the work of the great slaughter”. The Kurds accuse the government, arguing that it is impossible not to have information about the presence of terrorists in the center of the Turkish capital and claim that all terrorist attacks are being made against them.

The Turkish government accuses Demirtaş for provocative behaviour and says that he tries to exploit the events for electioneering reasons for the parliamentary elections of November 1.

The truth is that Turkey is going through a difficult and critical period. Since June, which marked the termination of the effort to solve the Kurdish problem, every day there are new attacks against the Turkish security forces, with the number of victims exceeding 200. At the same time, in July and today there have been major attacks by suicide bombers, which according to the opposition show weakness to control of the situation within the country. The Minister of Interior of Turkey Selami Altınok refused to resign and said that in the double suicide attack in the capital of Turkey “there is no point of weakness of the security forces”.

Experienced political analysts fear that the battle between ISIS and the Kurds that takes place in Syria, may be transported within Turkey causing fears of similar attacks or reprisals.