PLEASE READ HOW BACK THAN ZIONIST MEDIA PRAISED THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN ISRAHELL AND BROTHER ERDOGAN!
Well NATZO and erDOGan and Hague and Hitlary should explain that to their citizens, who pay taxes : those money go for monsters who kill the citizens after!
Al Qaeda Turkish citizen killed yesterday in Aleppo
The Turkish terrorist who was killed Aleppo :Idriss Ekinci,the brother al-Qaeda member accused of bombing of the British consulate and HSBC bank in Istanbul in 2003:Azad Ekinci
هذه هوية المسلح التركي الذي تم قتله في حي سبف الدولة بحلب والجدير ذكره ان ادريس ايكينيكي: اخوه عضو تنظيم القاعدة أزاد ايكينيكي المتهم بتفجير بنك HSBC بإسطنبول عام ٢٠٠٣
The Guardian wrote back then:
“It took five hours before rescuers finally discovered Roger Short’s body. Minutes before the suicide bomber ploughed his van into Britain’s consulate building in Istanbul, Short had stepped into his temporary office. The elegant gatehouse was next to the consulate’s main entrance. In the chaotic minutes after the explosion, as survivors ran in panic through clouds of choking dust, there was no trace of the genial consul general. Nobody knew if he was alive or dead. Britain’s most senior official in Istanbul had simply disappeared.
Witnesses described a scene of ‘surreal’ devastation. ‘The shops in front of the consulate were completely destroyed,’ said Onur Galhanoglu. ‘There was blood everywhere. The two gatehouses next to the entrance had been demolished. Trees inside the garden were broken. Cars were on fire. There was a huge hole in the ground where the bomb went off. The blast flung an air-conditioning unit and a microwave into the consulate garden from a nearby electrical shop. Roger Short couldn’t be found anywhere.’
Sifting through the remnants of a shop selling dentists’ chairs, the rescue teams finally found Short’s mangled body. The explosion had hurled him out of the building and across the road. Ten minutes earlier he had popped out of the consulate to get his shoes polished.
It was one of the worst attacks in British diplomatic history – a consul general dead; nine other consulate staff, three of them Britons, killed, together with two police officers protecting the building; the building gutted; and 450 people injured. Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced yesterday that the death toll had gone up to 30, including at least 17 victims of the blast four minutes earlier at Istanbul’s HSBC building, a short drive away.
The bombing has raised a host of awkward questions for the Government. What were the security failings? Should the British – like the Americans – have abandoned their neo-Palladian consulate building in the heart of Istanbul’s old quarter and moved somewhere safer?
As details emerged last night of the heroic role played by two security guards who tried to stop the bomber, it was clear that Britain’s network of rambling colonial-era embassies around the world now offers little protection from terrorists. ‘Security at the consulate was good. There were two or three security cameras,’ said Galhanoglu, a 20-year-old student who works in the Nizam pizzeria next door to the devastated building. ‘Turkish and British staff checked you with a metal detector, and you had to put your belongings through an X-ray.’
But such measures offer no deterrent to a single fanatical suicide attacker. The two Turkish policemen stationed at the consulate’s entrance, Huseyin Apaydin and Salih Gapikin, opened fire on the van seconds before it smashed into the front gate. They also sounded the alarm. It made no difference. Both men were killed instantly in the explosion.
The blast also tore into the main consulate building 50 metres away, killing 34-year-old Cafer Gunduz and his 32-year-old wife Kiraz, who worked in the consulate as cleaners. Gunduz was sitting in the building’s first-floor cafe. As news of the earlier blast flashed on Turkish TV, he called his wife over to watch. Last night friends of the couple, who lived in Istanbul’s Alibaker suburb, said they were about to pay off the mortgage on their flat and wanted to try for a baby. On Friday relatives formed a procession with their coffins, draped in Turkish flags, back to 8 Acelya Apartments, the brown-painted block of flats surrounded by satellite dishes and children playing football that was their home.
‘These were innocent people. The bombers who did this were idiots,’ the couple’s neighbour, 47-year-old Muhiftin Atekin, told The Observer yesterday. ‘Hundreds of people came to the funeral. They were crying and shaking and cursing terrorism.’
Despite Britain’s involvement in Iraq – a war that most Turks opposed – there is scant evidence of anti-British feeling in the aftermath of Thursday’s blasts. Most Turks are struggling to come to terms with the fact that the bombers, who also struck at two synagogues a week ago, were almost certainly Turkish. Over the past 48 hours police in Istanbul have raided homes in three parts of the city and have so far arrested 18 suspects. The Turkish media has identified Thursday’s bombers as 27-year-old Azad Ekinci and Feridun Ugurlu, calling them ‘Turkish nationals with links to the Middle East’. (‘Azad is not a Turkish name. It’s an Arab name,’ one official pointed out indignantly.)
Photos of the pair show two young, well-groomed men, one wearing a tie. They appear to fit the profile of other attackers that have struck in ‘al-Qaeda’ attacks in recent years, but there is little certain information about them. According to police sources, Ugurlu hired the Isuzu cars used in last weekend’s synagogue attacks, which killed 23 people. Two cars were hired – or bought, according to some sources – from the same showroom on the same day. Each was used in a different wave of attacks. The pair also flew on 28 October from Istanbul’s Ataturk airport to Dubai, detectives believe. Who they met there – and why – remains unclear.
One clue may lie in Ekinci’s recent past. According to sources close to Turkish intelligence, he was an active militant of the Turkish Hizbollah group, based in his home town of Binyol in eastern Turkey from 1997 to 2000. He left the organisation due to an internal dispute and joined a separate radical group, the Islamic Movement. Since his introduction to Islamic militancy, security sources say, Ekinci travelled to Afghanistan eight times and Pakistan three times. The trips would have been an opportunity to fight with the Taliban, build contacts with hardened activists close to Osama bin Laden and learn terrorist techniques. Small groups of Turks are known to have been present in Afghanistan and the region, fighting or training as militants, since the late Eighties. Ekinci is also thought to have twice visited Chechnya and Bosnia, two key ‘theatres of jihad’ for modern militants, where he would have been able to put his new skills to use.
Another clue is that four of the suspected bombers were, like Ekinci, born in Binyol, a poverty-stricken provincial city where life is very different from the bustling metropolis of Istanbul. It is likely the men had known each other for some time, and their ties were reinforced by shared adherence to the new radical Islamic doctrines sweeping the Middle East. This picture is familiar to those who have studied modern Islamic militancy. In many bombings associated with al-Qaeda or bin Laden we see a local group, formed of friends or men with family ties, drawn together by a more experienced, motivated, charismatic man who acts as the link with the major players in international Islamic terrorism. The cell leader has the manpower but is looking for resources such as money, expertise and explosives. People like bin Laden have access to the resources but need manpower. The result is a pragmatic, and often temporary, alliance.
It now seems clear that radical Islamic militant cells are capable of plotting sophisticated operations inside once-peaceful Turkey, a friend of Israel and a secular Muslim democracy. After inspecting the shattered consulate last week, Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, warned of the possibility of further attacks and advised British nationals to stay away from the country.
Yesterday bulldozers and fire vehicles continued to cart away rubble, and forensic experts in boiler suits scoured the compound. British diplomats left in Turkey were pondering what to do next. Consulate staff are now likely to use the old US consulate building, a three-minute walk away, as a temporary HQ. American diplomats vacated the grandiose building earlier in the summer after concluding that its Grecian portico and balustrades, set among streets which are old, narrow, and hard to block, offered little protection from a suicide attack.
The Americans have moved to a heavily fortified compound some distance away. ‘Why did the British not move too?’ asked Osman Tufecki, whose hotel is opposite the old US consulate. ‘The fact that the Americans have left is bad for my business. But they were clever.’
For Turkey there are hard lessons to learn. First is the realisation that the country much-touted by the West as a model of Muslim democracy is as vulnerable to terror, and as likely to produce ‘homegrown’ Islamic terrorists, as anywhere else. Second, it is clear that Turkish militants, some of them active for many years, have embraced the new internationalism epitomised by al-Qaeda and joined other radicals in a pan-Islamic struggle.
Turkey may now be facing the gravest security problem of all the states so far affected by the new Islamic militancy. Its size and diversity and its ‘frontier’ location between East and West make it an obvious target. Its long borders, and the unstable states that encircle it, pose massive challenges even for Ankara’s efficient and well-funded security organisations. The ongoing conflict in Iraq is a huge security concern. Few in Turkey believe there will not be another attack. But of all the awkward truths, the most uncomfortable one is that extremism may have flourished because of the failure of Prime Minister Erdogan to rout it from the ranks of his own moderate Islamist Justice and Development (AKP) party .
Erdogan, a devout Muslim himself, vowed on Friday to stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with President Bush in the fight against terrorism. Insiders say he will now have to prove that in Turkey radical Islamic views and values will not be tolerated. And that, critics say, may be harder for him than for others.
‘Erdogan was a radical Islamist in the past and while he has taken a firm stance in the war on terror his rejection of militant groups has only been rhetorical,’ said Dr Hussein Bagdi, a security expert at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. ‘He needs to take concrete steps now. It would help bring Turkey that much closer to the West.’
The AKP party was crafted out of the ruins of two Islamist groups previously banned by the army-dominated establishment. During their one year in power, the ‘neo-Islamists’ have proved as never before that Islam can be compatible with democracy. Against expectations, the party has passed more human rights, economic and political reforms than any other government in the 80 years since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded Turkey as an avowedly secular state.
Increasingly, Erdogan and his sharp-suited associates are being seen as role models not only for the Middle East but the Turkic republics of the former Soviet Union. Visiting Istanbul on Friday, Straw went out of his way to emphasise the point. Turkey, he said, may have been targeted because it is a rare example of ‘a successful democracy’. But both Erdogan and his Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul have had contact with radical Islamic leaders in the past. ‘They knew all the international radical groups,’ said Bagdi. ‘Before they became radical democrats they were radical Islamists who had close ties with these people.’
Many in Turkey believe last week’s assaults are proof that the country has failed to resolve what one columnist in Hurriyet, the best-selling daily, called its ‘Islamic fundamentalist problem’. The fact that at least two of last week’s bombers appear to have been able to travel to Afghanistan repeatedly and still return to Turkey, some analysts allege, is further evidence that authorities turned a blind eye to the flow of Turks to combat zones in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Bosnia. One factor may be that Turkey’s otherwise formidable intelligence services were distracted by Kurdish separatists and other ‘enemies of the state’. And, critics say, when intellectuals and liberal opponents were killed by Islamic extremists, the attacks were often ignored because many saw Turkey’s extremists as relatively harmless romantics. The Hezbollah was thought to have been crushed.
‘The system basically turned its back on the fact that in the 1980s there was a whole movement of Turks enrolling at the most fundamentalist Taliban schools in Pakistan,’ said Ahmet Evin, professor of international relations at Istanbul’s Sabachi University. ‘Unfortunately, Turks preferred to take an ostrich-like approach and deny it was happening. This violence has been in the making for a long time, but even after the attacks people can’t bring themselves to believe that Turks are behind it.’
Al-Qaeda and other radicals consider Turkey – the provider of Nato’s second biggest standing army – the antithesis of everything they stand for. In its statement claiming responsibility for the blasts, a spokesman for the Abu Hafs-al-Masri brigade (Abu Hafs, a key aide of bin Laden, was killed in November 2001) said the country had been targeted because it was an ally of the West and had military ties with Israel. It apologised for injuring so many civilians but then issued a chilling warning that Britain, Italy, Australia and Japan – who it called ‘the tails of America’ – would be struck in the coming weeks.
British Islamic radicals told The Observer that internet chatrooms frequented by militants had been full of rumours of strikes against Britain, Japan and Egypt in recent weeks.
In hoping to foment trouble, the militants may be aiming to spark a widespread crackdown in Turkey – possibly involving the human rights abuses that have previously held back Turkey’s aims to join the European Union – in the hope that it will help radicalise Turkish politics.
For the moment though, an air of normality appeared to be returning to Istanbul. At the Golden Horn river, which feeds into the Bosporus, large numbers of fishermen gathered in the morning sunshine yesterday, dangling their rods off the bridge. And over at the Haji Sophia – Istanbul’s famous mosque – crowds were gathering to celebrate the end of Ramadan. ‘The last few days have been terrible,’ one said. ‘What we are afraid of is that it will happen again.'”
why do you support them now Mr.Hague? why Erdogan?why is some’s life more important than others?why kill Syrians???