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World Condems ISIS Attack On Istanbul, But Remains Silent On Erdogan’s War Against The Kurds

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Today, an Islamic State terrorist detonated his suicide belt near the historic Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, killing ten tourists–most of them Germans. 15 others were wounded in the suicide attack that was covered by virtually all world media.

The European Union quickly responded to the ISIS attack on Turkey, which aspires to become a member of the EU. The EU’s foreign policy chief, Frederica Mogherini, issued a statement that expressed solidarity with the Turkish government and people in the battle against “terrorism.”

“The EU and Turkey stand united against all forms of terrorism. The fight against terrorism was recognized as a priority at the EU-Turkey Summit on 29 November 2015 and we must step up our efforts in this regard in full respect of our obligations under international law, including human rights and humanitarian law,” the statement read.

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State Department spokesman John Kirby later stated that the Obama administration had issued a condemnation of the attack and had reaffirmed its “strong commitment to work with Turkey, a NATO ally and valued member.”

Meanwhile, a different kind of terror that has disrupted the lives of the large Kurdish minority in Turkey has gotten less attention. This war against Kurdish nationalists is conducted by the Turkish government and its president.

In the summer of 2015, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan ended a fragile truce with the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers Party, after he lost the Turkish elections. Erdogan’s AKP party lost its absolute majority in the Turkish parliament after the new Kurdish-dominated HDP party secured 13 percent of the vote.

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Shortly after this election defeat, a violent campaign against the HDP started that many in Turkey believe was orchestrated by Erdogan and the AKP. In July, the ceasefire between the Turkish army and the PKK finally collapsed after a suicide bombing in the border town of Suruc killed 32 people, most of them young Kurdish activists.

The PKK responded to the bombing by renewing its attacks on Turkish targets, and the Turkish army launched a ground offensive against the PKK.

The Turkish air force later bombed PKK bases in northern Iraq after Erdogan closed a deal with U.S. President Barack Obama over the use of the Turkish airbase Incirlik for attacks on Islamic State. Under that deal, Turkey officially joined the US-led coalition against ISIS; but in reality, Turkish warplanes bombed PKK targets only.

Erdogan’s strategy paid off in new early elections that were held in November last year after the AKP sabotaged efforts to form a coalition government. He succeeded in rallying the Turks behind his nationalist anti-Kurdish agenda, and the AKP regained its absolute majority in the Turkish parliament.

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Bolstered by his election victory, Erdogan stepped up his campaign against the Kurdish PKK, considered a terrorist organization by both the European Union and the U.S.

The Turkish president minced…

 if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.


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