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Turkey is powerful enough to bring the "enemy countries" that hold the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) strings into line, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today. 
 
Erdoğan sent a written message to offer his condolences to the Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel in the wake of yesterday night's PKK attack on a military outpost in the eastern province of Hakkari, which left six soldiers and two village guards dead and 15 soldiers and six civilians injured. 
 
The PKK "once again" showed its enmity to Turkey's national and spiritual values by mounting a "dastardly" attack during the holy month of Ramadan, Erdoğan said, adding that terrorism was "destined to lose, wither and melt away in the face of the nation's determination."
 
The prime minister also pointed at possible foreign actors directing the PKK's attacks when he said Turkey was "strong enough to bring into line both the murderers controlled by the PKK and enemy countries that hold the PKK's strings."
 
The deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ömer Çelik made a similar statement earlier today when he wrote that the latest attack was "beyond the PKK's capabilities" on his Twitter account. Çelik wrote the PKK was implementing the plans of a "multi-dimensional organization." 
 
Çelik also said the PKK was acting "parallel to [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad's massacre in Aleppo in carrying out attacks in Hakkari and Şemdinli."

'BDP branch office of Baath party'

Çelik also criticized the co-chair of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), Selahattin Demirtaş, for saying Erdoğan should answer for the killings. Çelik wrote that Demirtaş "admitted his complicity in the massacre" with his statement. "They expect benefits from the PKK's guns, act as spokespersons after the attack in Hakkari, and later talk of peace, democracy and freedom.”

The BDP declared itself as the branch office of the Baath party in Turkey with their stance in the wake of the latest attack, Çelik wrote. 

The PKK's recent attacks showed that the PKK itself was the greatest threat to the prospect of a democratic order for Kurds, Çelik said. 

The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.



August/05/2012

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ozgur kaya

8/5/2012 11:21:15 PM

I think, all remarks made by PM are, in fact, political attitude insufficient to reassure the public because of the situation that is getting worse. Apparently, Islamic model of modernity is seriously going into the deep water, just as the country is carrying from its republican foundations

Johanna Dew

8/5/2012 10:40:41 PM

@Blue:the secret servce ISI of Pakistan armed former Al-Quada in Afghanistan. You really talk here about myths good for the Turkish coffee shops. You also know where Osama was hiding, right. The myth that the CIA helped him is indemnified 20 years ago.

Faruk Timuroglu

8/5/2012 10:15:58 PM

Who hold the PKK's strings hold Turkey’s too.

Shah Hamdan

8/5/2012 8:19:12 PM

Today I see Turkey in same positon of Pakistan some 30 years back. For Pakistan it was Afghanistan and for Turkey its Syria. Rest of players are same with little difference. Pakistan served as base camp for CIA and Saudi Arabia. Harbor so called Mujahdeen and Salafi groups. Today prospering Pakistan is a failed state, on brink of collapse and division. I hope Turkish government will not repeat same mistake as Pakistan did and still paying the price.

Adam Polk

8/5/2012 7:14:00 PM

please list those "enemy countries" Don Quixote.

rich bind

8/5/2012 7:01:56 PM

So now the Erdogan threat is to attack 3rd party actors, which he has not identified and which could be almost anyone. Sounds a lot like what Israel is doing, even to the extent that Hamas (a close friend of Erdogan) is also recognized as a terrorist organitaion by the U.S. & the E.U.

Johanna Dew

8/5/2012 6:37:44 PM

@Blue. Nonsense about alleged NATO involvement. You often make good points but Erdogan's Turkey's is no puppet state. This is Turkey's responsibility, if you like it or not. Turkey planned to rule energy routes and failed.(Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Iraq etc) Now looks for full scale confrontation with Kurds to get nationalist Turkey distracted.

Blue Dotterel

8/5/2012 6:23:06 PM

Ed Fias, cont. The US and Saudi Arabia also united in the early 80's to create Al Qaeda and the Taliban to attack the Soviet backed secular gov't of Afghnistan. The US has also used Al Qaeda to commit terrorist acts in Iraq and provide mercenaries in Libya and Syria. All of these countries were independent secular states. The US has even used Islam to weaken Kemalist secular nationalism in Turkey following the 1980 coup. Kemalists in the military are currently being purged through Ergenekon.

Blue Dotterel

8/5/2012 6:16:09 PM

Ed Fries, even the NY times has recently admitted, after months of demonizing Assad, that the FSA ethnically cleansed 80,000 Christians from Homs, massacring many of them. The FSA is not Syrian pro-democracy movement, it is proxy army created by the US and Saudi Arabia to terrorize the Syrian people into overthrowing an independent secular nationalist gov't and replacing it with saudi and Qatari style fundamnetalist regime.

Ed Frias Ed Frias

8/5/2012 5:01:03 PM

Blue Dotterel, are you crazy. Assad is a mass murderer who kills anyone who opposes him, including Hariri in Lebanon. Assad will try to stay in power till the last Syrian is killed. Enough with 42 years of Assad terror.
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