POLITICS > Turkey in all-out-fight against terrorism: Gül

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After PM said the PKK’s recent attack on Turkey’s west coast is another example of terrorism spreading, President Gül says Turkey is continuing its fight against terror ‘not only in certain areas but all around the country’

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Turkish President Abdullah Gül visits a soldier who was wounded in an attack by the
suspected members of the outlawed PKK in the Aegean city of İzmir’s Foça district. DHA Photo

Turkish President Abdullah Gül visits a soldier who was wounded in an attack by the suspected members of the outlawed PKK in the Aegean city of İzmir’s Foça district. DHA Photo

Turkish President Abdullah Gül has said Turkey is involved in a countrywide fight against terrorism, after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the recent attack on the country’s western coast was “another example of terrorism’s spread.”

“We are going to continue our fight against terrorism not only in certain areas but all around our country,” Gül said to reporters yesterday at the Ege University Medical School Hospital, after visiting soldiers who were injured in a terrorist attack in Foça, İzmir yesterday. “We are going to continue our fight against these people, who commit the most despicable acts of terrorism, even on this holy Ramadan day, against civilians and military personnel alike.”

One Turkish soldier was killed and 11 were injured on Aug. 9, when a landmine allegedly planted by members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) exploded as a military bus was passing on a road in the Foça district of İzmir. It is important that not only the Turkish public but the world sees what “humanity” means to the people who commit these attacks against civilians and soldiers alike on a holy day, Gül said. “They already have [seen]. We have validity and superiority in this sense. This fight will continue with determination and perseverance. … I want everyone to know this.”

Attacks in Mardin, Diyarbakır and Van

Meanwhile terror attacks have continued in the southeast of Turkey. Suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) remotely detonated a powerful explosive device targeting a military vehicle in the southeastern province of Mardin on Aug 9. An operation was launched to apprehend the attackers. Also a police station in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır also came under attack on the same night after an assailant that was allegedly hiding among children opened fire. The assailant fled after firing 19 bullets at the station and the police officers outside. Special police forces in tactical gear surrounded a neighborhood where the attacker fled and launched an operation, going from home to home. In another incident, PKK members detonated a remote-controlled bomb they had previously set up on the Van-Hakkari motorway as a military vehicle was passing on the morning of Aug. 10, causing no damage or casualties. One injured PKK member was captured and taken to the Van Regional Education and Research Hospital for treatment. An operation with aerial backup was initiated in the area to capture the fleeing PKK members. .

‘All-or-nothing’ attack on Şemdinli: PM Erdoğan

The PKK leadership’s attack plan for Şemdinli, as revealed in radio discussions, was to enter Şemdinli whatever the cost, Erdoğan said.

“’Enter Şemdinli even if 3,000 civilians are killed. Die, but do not leave Şemdinli,’” Erdoğan quoted the order as saying, speaking at an iftar dinner late on Aug. 9, organized in honor of the relatives of the killed and wounded soldiers. Elaborating on the PKK’s recent terrorist activities in village of Şemdinli, Erdoğan said PKK leaders had ordered terrorists to enter Şemdinli, Hakkari, and remain there whatever the result might be. “’Die before you leave Şemdinli.’ That was their order,” Erdoğan said.

The PKK used children in their attack in Çukurca, Erdoğan said. “The three attacking terrorists were apparently 16- or 17- year-old girls. My Kurdish brothers should see it,” he said. The prime minister indirectly criticized the leader of the Rights and Equality Party (HEPAR), retired Maj. Gen. Osman Pamukoğlu, by saying that some retired generals were saying on television that Turkey had lost Hakkari Province. Erdoğan accused Pamukoğlu of speaking nonsense and in a way that supports the PKK’s claims. “Why does he speak like that?” Erdoğan said.


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Aryeh Rapaport

8/12/2012 3:54:54 PM

Turkey must know it cant have it both ways. Supporting, encouraging Hamas, IHH activities against Israel as well as bashing her in every way and form will not be countered with silence. Turkey must know if it remains such a negative force in world Israel will act against her in many ways and forms one of which would be supporting, encouraging Kurdish people to freedom, justice and self determination.

Rimon Tree

8/12/2012 11:33:11 AM

@Aryeh Good question, has been asked for several times and answered for several times, plain and clear political ambition and silly action because of it. I wonder when the papers in Turkey will bring the overall news about the sealing off of the tunnels between Egypt and Gaza and the closing of the Rafah crossing and the urgent pledge of Abbas to put a strong blockade on Hamas. I am curious what the oncoming Scandinavian leftist flotilly will be doing. Fighting Egypt? Or West Bank?

Uri Zakay

8/12/2012 7:47:28 AM

Do not forget Hamas ! .Gul - " Turkey in all-out-fight against terrorism " . What the turkish presidents means is that Turkey in all-out fight against what Turkey thinks as terrorists, isn't it ?

Aryeh Rapaport

8/12/2012 7:03:38 AM

Why should the world support Turkey fighting terrorism if Turkey Supports Hamas, a internationally recognized terrorist organization?

Faruk Beisser

8/11/2012 10:54:34 AM

Poor general, speaking the truth! Soon he will be arrested as a member of Ergenekon. Beware all of you to speak the truth!

Engin Atik

8/11/2012 7:26:56 AM

A true soldier never averts his eyes when the commanding officer is in sight.

ilker avni

8/11/2012 6:01:52 AM

Erdogans big mistake was to lock up the generals,Turkey and Turkish soldiers are paying the price,bad training bad tactics have left the Turkish army unfit for purpose,our only strength is the numbers.Turkey needs better intelergence gathering and new tactics.Turkey allso needs to find who is funding and supplying the pkk with mines and weapons.Iran is the likely source,Iran is the main supplier to terroists.Iran is the threat to Turkey,Turkey needs to moderise its military and quick.
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