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The Feb. 11 car bomb attack at the Cilvegözü border gate in the southern province of Hatay killed 14 people. AA photo

The Feb. 11 car bomb attack at the Cilvegözü border gate in the southern province of Hatay killed 14 people. AA photo

New details have emerged about the operation that led to the arrest of five suspects over a series of charges related to last month’s deadly bombing at the Cilvegözü border gate.

Turkish security forces have contacted the armed opposition in Syria, the Free Syrian Army, which controls ‘liberated zones’ to capture the suspects who have escaped to Syria. Their information was sent to al-Nusra Front and al-Faruk Brigades. Fatih Sultan Mehmet Brigade, which is controlling mountainous area in Latakia, a western province of Syria, also informed on the issue, according to Turkish daily Yeni Şafak. Al-Nusra Front has been blacklisted by Washington as a terrorist organization for its deadly suicide attacks.

In line with the information, members of Syrian opposition located the location of suspects in Selme area of Latakia and then notified Turkish authorities. A Turkish special operation team brought suspects to Turkey after crossing the border in a movie-like operation. Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said operations were like a movie on March 11.

Operation paid $35,000

A suspect has also revealed that they were paid $35,000 for the operation, adding that they got orders from Ammid Havvas, a commander of the armored forces in the Syrian army.

“We choose Cilvegözü border gate for being the most important route for the humanitarian aid for the refugees who fled from [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad. Our purpose was to block the aid and put the blame on the opposition,” the suspect A.B., identified only by his initial, reportedly told to police, daily Radikal reported. He also admitted that they were making preparations for a second attack on the refugee camps in Öncüpınar town of Kilis.

March/12/2013

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american american

3/13/2013 6:54:51 PM

does this mean al-nusra is `èxploiting` the turkish government by helping their law enforcement and therefore being able to deflect negative attention?

mara mcglothin

3/13/2013 6:24:29 PM

NAGEYEC I am glad they were captured, but I am still suspect of who and when did it. Nothing is rarely as it seems in Turkey and perhaps in 2050 we will finally get to the bottom of this.

joe Maddin

3/13/2013 4:29:35 PM

A reputable analysts in the Guardian today contradicts Turkey's findings and says it was not the Syrian government behind the attack but Islamists. Erdogan, out of amunitions and friendly to Islamists, is caught fabricating a story implicating the Syrian intelligence. After the dozens of analysis on the Turkish plane gunned down in Syria, we have still no final verdict. When it comes to Syria, Erdogan's frustration is so big that he would invent just anything...

mara mcglothin

3/13/2013 3:47:20 PM

RICH BIND Turkey will finally understand when things in Turkey begin to blow up and then it will be too late.

jim handley

3/13/2013 6:02:22 AM

If the Turkish government had a reputation for honesty instead of hyperbole and propaganda I'd applaud the capture. But as we all know, they tend to bend facts to fit their ideology so hard to know reality here.

rich bind

3/13/2013 3:08:39 AM

@Conduz: Jabhat al Nusra are the guys that kill Durz in Syria and attack Shite villages because they are not fundamentalist Muslims. Joining forces with them is like the US teaming up with the SS or the Klu Klux Klan. The real question is when will the Turkish people see just how radical their own government is. Erdogan has been supporting this group for a long time, they share a common goal, a Middle East ruled by a Sunni version of slamic Law.

Eric Martin

3/12/2013 11:58:47 PM

Agree with Conduz. Why does Mara and Rich attack Turkey? Maybe they're Syrians. Maybe Assad and wife!

Nageyec Conduz

3/12/2013 8:06:59 PM

It looks like that Joe Maddin, rich bind and mara mcglothin, are instead of hailing the success of security forces, are all saddened by the capture of these terrorists who not only cold bloodedly murdered 14 people at that border gate, but also planing to kill as many innocent people in the refugee camps.

mara mcglothin

3/12/2013 6:18:59 PM

You sleep with dogs and you will get fleas! Simple

rich bind

3/12/2013 4:25:34 PM

Surprise, Surprise. Turkey has been in bed with al Nusra (also Jabhat al Nusra) for a long time, providing them arms, funds, etc. Jabhat Al Nusra is of course a radical Islamic terrorist organization aligned with Al Qaeda and is even known to have attacked anit-Assad groups because they are secular or non Sunnis. They seek an Islamic Syria with Sharia law ruling the land. The US has labeled the group as terrorists.
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