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Activists who attacked German soldiers were members of the Turkish Youth Union (TGB), linked to the Turkey Workers’ Party. DHA photo

Activists who attacked German soldiers were members of the Turkish Youth Union (TGB), linked to the Turkey Workers’ Party. DHA photo

German soldiers stationed as part of NATO’s mission to deploy Patriot air defense systems in the Mediterranean port of İskenderun  were attacked by a group of Turkish activists earlier today.

Members of the Turkish Youth Union (TGB), linked to the Workers’ Party (İP), tried to put sacks on the heads of the soldiers when they were off duty and wearing civilian clothes in the district's center. 

There have been conflicting reports on the number of soldiers involved in the incident. According to Anatolia news agency, two soldiers were attacked while Doğan news agency reported that six soldiers, including a woman, were targeted. 

The soldiers took refuge in a jewelry store after getting into an altercation with the activists. Twenty-six activists, including TGB Chairman İlker Yücel were detained temporarily by the police. The İskendurun Prosecutor's Office said 14 suspects were taken into custody while 28 suspects have been charged with intentionally attempting to cause harm, reports said.   

The first delivery of Patriots missile batteries arrived in İskenderun on Jan. 21. The air defense system will be operated by a Dutch military unit comprised of 270 soldiers and 240 German soldiers. The systems will be deployed in Turkey as part of a NATO decision to support Turkey’s air defense against an ostensible missile threat from Syria.


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Ashlee Shiran

5/7/2013 3:48:16 PM

cheers, but German soldiers are not there to protect civil life. Turkey's own soldiers were imprisoned by their own government, so it's shown like Germany's helping. but that is not true, NATO wants to create a headquarters in Trabzon(a city that has coast to Black Sea) so that's why German soldiers are there. it would be best if they return their homes without any deaths, but if not...sorry.

Turk Uzan

1/23/2013 7:13:56 PM

Delusional communists, I said it many times before, these communists are extremists and believe that their violence is always justified because they believe much like religious extremists that they are fighting for the greater good. And they have NO right at ALL to hold Ataturks image in their hands, the clowns. Ataturk was not a communist I find it sickening that these people are destroying the image of the Turkish public. They are no better than religious zealots. They're a tiny minority

Brit in Turkey

1/23/2013 6:27:23 PM

Mara, Mistique and JRC. I've never noticed any real aggression unless you count being charged double in shops as aggression! Stick to the shops, restaurants and tradesmen that you find you can trust and they will do anything to help if in difficulties. If you want true aggression try Morocco or Tunisia (or the Greek islands if you inadvertently tell them you live in Turkey).

mara mcglothin

1/23/2013 3:52:29 PM

MHOLLAND I have never felt any discrimination on my lengthy visits to Turkey. Maybe I am just an insensitive American and I don't see it, or maybe my husbands family keeps me well insulated from this type of thing. ? I will have to pay more attention this summer. I think most people from the modern World don't think Turkey is like this. They know well enough that there are nutjobs all over the World. It is great that the soldiers did not "return fire" and cause a much bigger incident.

mistique holland

1/23/2013 1:29:44 PM

@Turkic voice, shame on you and all those whom are attacking soldiers who come on the invitation of Turkey to help the citizens of Turkey to be safe. Wether they are from the USA, Germany or the Netherlands. Our boys come by invitations and are willing to help, why should you speak like this or worse, act like this. I agree with @JRC JRC, I feel it too when I am in Turkey walking around blond haired with my dark haired Turkish husband.Woman look down at me as if they(Turkis) are so much better.


1/23/2013 11:06:43 AM

I'd like to know what turkic voice would say if it were Turkish soldiers attacked in Germany? As a foreigner living in Turkey I'm often surprised at the amount of ill-feeling toward me, it's not entirely unexpected as there are racists in every country, but Turks appear to be in total self-denial and see only racism towards them. Germany would be within its rights to withdraw their soldiers and patriots, but they won't as they will see this as silly boys playing adult games.

Stephen Brunette

1/23/2013 9:43:46 AM

@turkic voice, a very silly and ignorant comment. What other side? Did the off-duty soldiers, (including a female soldier), attack anyone or do anything? NO. The age old problem here in Turkey of right wing crazy nationalist, which continue to pull this country backwards as much as the islamists. A shame on the country, these soldiers have nothing to do with any politics. Imagine, being sent to a "fellow NATO" member country and to have this happen, so sad as it reflects on the whole nation.

Michael Johnson

1/23/2013 9:25:14 AM

Unbalanced? The TGB is well known for this type of behaviour, no balance necessary. Unless of course you're suggesting they get some print ink to further their cause?

Brian Irlanda

1/23/2013 9:17:02 AM

What other side to the story? These people were there at the invitation of the Turkish government and their mission is to assist in the protection of Turkish territorial integrity and more importantly the lives of Turkish citizens living close to the Syrian border and let us not forget the Turkish people who have already lost their lives from Syrian aggression. What they did was wrong and stupid. There is no other story. They are traitors.

Tevfik Alp

1/23/2013 3:46:29 AM

'turkic voice'. What else were you expecting? I hope you are not trying to justify the attact. Defense of the country is at stake.
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