by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | July 21, 2015 9:16 am
No doubt this was the Islamic State behind this. There is also no doubt in my mind that Erdogan welcomes this and may have assisted with it. At the very least, he allowed it to happen. He has no love of the Kurds and would like it very much if ISIS took care of them for him. 31 people were blown up in Southern Turkey – Kurds who were supporting those who fled Kobane as ISIS conquered the city… raping, torturing, enslaving and murdering as they went. It was brutal. It is said that an 18 year-old woman was the suicide bomber. I’m not surprised. But the Kurds are tough as nails and even after so many died horrifically, they continue to rally for assistance from the Turkish government. Funny how in this instance, I actually support the communists. Not all Kurds are communist, but many are. They are far preferable to the butchers of ISIS.
From the Daily Mail:
Funerals have been held this afternoon for the 31 victims of a suspected ISIS suicide bomb attack in southern Turkey, which also left 100 people injured.
Most of the victims were Kurdish students with the Federation of Socialist Youths, who were rallying in support for the displaced residents of Kobane, outside a cultural centre in the town of Suruc.
The pro-Kurdish activists were calling for access to deliver aid to Kobane when the devastating bomb attack happened.
Turkish officials speaking anonymously said an initial investigation suggests ISIS are behind the atrocity. One witness said they saw a injured woman, who appeared to be wearing a suicide vest.
Mourners gathered to pay their final respects to the victims of the attack in the predominantly Kurdish town of Suruc, situated some six miles from the Syrian town of Kobane.
Despite the appalling attack, the victims’ families and friends defiantly united to continue to rally for the Turkish government to assist the Kurds who are struggling to rebuild their lives in Kobane.
Hundreds of pro-Kurdish supporters gathered in the Turkish capital of Istanbul as more pressure continues to be piled on President Tayyip Erdogan to further crackdown on ISIS activity.
Gruesome photographs from the scene have emerged, showing bodies lying beneath trees outside a cultural centre.×
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The Hurriyet daily said the attacker was an 18-year old woman, but there was no confirmation. If the bomb attack is the work of ISIS, it would symbolise the growing threat of the jihadi group to Turkey.
‘Our initial evidence shows that this was a suicide attack by Islamic State,’ one senior official in Ankara told Reuters.
A second official also said Islamic State appeared to have been responsible and that the attack was a ‘retaliation for the Turkish government’s efforts to fight terrorism’.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said 28 people were killed and around 100 wounded, although the death toll is expected to rise.
It was the bloodiest such attack in NATO member Turkey since at least 50 people were killed in the town of Reyhanli near the border in 2013.
‘I saw more than 20 bodies. I think the number of wounded is more than 50. They are still being put into ambulances,’ one witness named as Mehmet said. ‘It was a huge explosion, we all shook.’
The pictures and video are just monstrous. Bodies lying everywhere – blood and body parts sprayed about like party favors in some ghastly horror movie. The death toll is sure to rise significantly even as the dead are being buried. The US is withholding arms from the Kurds, allowing them to be slaughtered. Not surprising, as Obama’s BFF is Erdogan. He gives lip service to condolences that mean nothing. Just as meaningless are the other foreign leaders chiming in saying how tragic this is. But no one does a damned thing about it. Because it benefits them not to. It’s far easier to let ISIS do their dirty work and pretend that they oppose it. The PKK held the Turkish government responsible for Monday’s attack, saying it had ‘supported and cultivated’ the Islamic State against the Kurds. Right they are and there are dozens of dead students now who cry out for justice.
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