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Ugly face of terror, once again in Turkey

Turkey faced another heinous terror act on Saturday evening. This time the terrorists targeted police officers in front of the Besiktas soccer stadium and nearby Macka Park in the Taksim province of Istanbul. The place where the explosion took place is close to both the Prime Minister’s Istanbul office and Dolmabahce Palace.

The attack targeted the Riot Squad vans, part of a group of law enforcement officers in charge of protecting the forty thousand people during a soccer match. As a result, 44 people – 8 civilian and 36 security officers – were martyred and more than 150 people were injured.

{mosads}TAK (Kurdistan Freedom Hawks) claimed responsibility for the attack. TAK is an undercover group operated by the PKK for the attacks in western cities in Turkey. For example, in the Ankara blast of Feb. 17, 2016 where 29 people were martyred, a YPG member was revealed to be the perpetrator, however, three days later, TAK claimed responsibility.

In further investigation it was determined that two names from YPG and TAK belonged to the same person. Ahmet Davutoglu, the then Prime Minister, stressed that TAK was not an independent organization but only a branch of the PKK. TAK claimed the responsibility of many major assaults that occurred in 2015 and 2016.

The PKK, which was founded in 1977 as a student movement in universities, is based on the Marxist-Leninist ideology. Therefore, most of the leftist groups of that time started to establish links with this organization. Abdullah Ocalan made the following statements that can be considered as the PKK’s first founding declaration: “We will investigate and examine Marxism and Leninism in the classic sense. We will perform a general analysis of the world, the Middle East and Turkey guided by these ideologies.”

The communist PKK, which has been striving to break away the southeast of Turkey for the last 40 years, has stepped up its attacks especially after the failed coup attempt of July 15. As a result of dozens of horrendous terrorist acts, especially in the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia, 19 civilians including women and children, and 85 security officers were martyred, 319 civilians, 202 police officers, 75 soldiers and 9 village guards were wounded.

Today, the PKK is making cunning efforts to overcome the “communism” factor, which is the West’s chief objection, and trying to put on a new guise. PKK/PYD/YPG/TAK is no different than Shining Path in Peru, Sandinista National Liberation Front in Nicaragua, 26th of July Movement in Cuba or Red Brigades in Europe. Traitorous communist terrorists today take shape as democratic Kurdish fighters struggling for an identity and their rights. In actual fact, the PKK is not a group of heroes fighting for their Kurdish identity, but a bloody Marxist, Leninist terrorist organization wearing an imperialist mask that still intends to spread communism with no regard to Kurdish nationalism.

It is important to clearly distinguish between the Kurds and the PKK terrorists. The Kurds are our honor, our dignity and our brothers whereas the PKK/YPG/PYD is a brutal terrorist organization that seeks to use Kurdish nationalism for its own purposes and wishes to build a communist state in the region. Most of the Kurdish people are devoutly religious and against the PKK and those who flee the YPG forces take refuge both in Turkey and North Iraq. Understanding this is also critical for Iraq and Syria.

It is a grave mistake for the U.S. administration to continue to support PYD/YPG in the Middle East. The U.S. should not overlook the fact that PYD/YPG is no different than PKK. It is well known that all the PKK suicide bombers are trained in the PYD camps in Syria. To train, take part or coordinate operations with YPG is to support terrorists who are responsible for many assaults on civilians both in Turkey and the region. Despite all these facts, the U.S. Congress has recently given President-elect Trump the power to send MANPADs to PYD. But, as I mentioned in my previous article and as Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham fairly pointed out, continued support for a communist terrorist group will strain the U.S.-Turkish relations further, and threaten the already fragile balances in the Middle East.

This terrorist organization has so far caused the loss of more than forty thousand lives and is still continuing its horrifying activities under different guises in different countries. What we wish for from the new U.S. administration is to turn a new page with a long-time ally and NATO member Turkey and have empathy. To sow the seeds of peace in the Middle East, the first step is for Turkey and the U.S. to form a strong alliance based on trust and respect.

Harun Yahya is a Turkish author of the bestseller “Islam Denounces Terrorism.”

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