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Anasayfa Makaleler Demokrasi ve İnsan Hakları Ankara massacre and the question of state involvement

Ankara massacre and the question of state involvement

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As it has turned into an ordinary practice, they placed the “secret” stamp on the investigation file for the Ankara massacre, which killed 97 people and left nearly 500 people wounded in Ankara on Saturday. We know what happens when they put a “secret” stamp on an investigation file. They basically put it somewhere to be forgotten. This “secret” stamp means that we will learn very little about the investigation from now on. 

Information gathered so far shows us that this attack was carried out by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. The names of two suicide bombers are thought to be known. I will come to the details about their identities a little later. When we put all three bomb attacks together -- the Suruç, Diyarbakır and Ankara massacres -- we see that ISIL targets Kurdish movements in Turkey as a continuation of its war with the Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq. And so, we can get a grasp of what the motivation of these suicide bombers was. These are the simple parts of the puzzle.

The more complex part of the puzzle is related to the questions about the omission or involvement of state agents in this bloody attack. There are so many questions to be answered. How did these suicide bombers find the weakest part of the gathering in terms of security measures? How did their potentially lengthy preparation process (from the preparing of bombs to the examining of the location) go unnoticed by the security forces?

However, when you take a step back and look at the bigger picture, you can see that there are much broader issues here than the simple questions on security omissions or last minute shortcomings.

Police sources said to the press that one of the suicide bombers is believed to be Yunus Emre Alagöz from Adıyaman. Yunus Emre is the elder brother of Şeyh Abdurrahman Alagöz, a suicide bomber in the Suruç massacre that killed 32 youngsters preparing to go to Kobane in Syria to help Kurds there. Abdurrahman Alagöz was running the “Islam Tea House” in Adıyaman. Orhan Gönder, who was the suicide bomber in the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Diyarbakır meeting, was a regular customer of the Islam Tea House.

It is hard to believe that we are not even talking about a city and that we are talking about a small tea house from which three suicide bombers scattered themselves around Turkey and carried out deadly attacks.


We have heard stories about ISIL's presence in Adıyaman, an eastern province with a population of 250,000.
Back in 2013, the Radikal daily was running stories on how youngsters were joining ISIL in Syria from Adıyaman and other eastern cities. Their families were complaining that the police were not stopping their children from joining this organization. Some parents told their painful stories of following their children in Syria, their bargaining with ISIL to get their children back, and so on.



Well, our interior minister, immediately after the bombings in Ankara took place, said that there was no weakness in the security of that region.
The police are now looking for DNA samples of 16 families in Adıyaman whose children joined ISIL. How did the police find these families so easily? Why was not there a frantic effort to catch these militants from Adıyaman before? Who were protecting these militants? Do they have any connection to Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MİT)? How did they manage to escape from the security forces?


Instead of trying to answer these questions, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu tells us fairy tales. He said that they can not arrest suicide bombers before they attempt to engage in such actions; Yet, this is a country in which you can get arrested for posting messages on Twitter.


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