Several Kurdish districts of South Eastern Turkey have been under curfew since mid December.
Silopi, Cizre and the Sur district of Diyarbakir have been under curfew and the bodies of dead civilians and fighters have been lying unburied in the streets. The population of the Sur district has shrunk from 24000 to 4000 due to the military operations.
The video shows a group of mostly elderly people, many carrying white flags. They are attempting to transport several bodies to the cemetery for burial. A Turkish armoured vehicle is situated down the street several hundred yards away.
The first shots appear to be warning shots aimed over the heads of the crowd who begin to move off the street out of the line of fire. The first two bursts of fire do not appear to hit anyone but the third burst is aimed at the final civilians in the street and several of them are shot and killed and it is clear that they posed no threat to anyone.
It is the type of scene you expect to see in Gaza. There is a complete disregard for human life.
(Warning Graphic)Turkish Army shoot Kurdish Civilians During Funeral.
Turkey: Shooting of Kurdish civilians waving white flag caught on camera *GRAPHIC*
Civil War in the South East of Turkey.
At least 150 civilians have died in the Turkish anti- PKK operations in South Eastern Turkey over the past five months.
The operations were a response to Turkish concerns about Kurdish territorial gains in Syria and Iraq and the pretext for the entire operation was the massacre of Kurdish activists in Suruc in late July 2015.
Turkey has reportedly begun an operation involving 1000 troops inside Syria over the past several days. (Source)
Turkey is at odds now with both the United States and Russia in Syria. The United States has increased their backing for the Kurdish fighters in Syria, US and other Western Special Forces are embedded with them and the US has begun building an air base in the Kurdish held part of Northern Syria in recent months. (Source)
This, combined with the exposure of Turkey’s crucial and pivotal role in the rise of ISIL/Daesh and their prolific stolen oil business partnership do not bode well for the future of Turkish President Erdogan.
The Turkish Government operations in South Eastern Turkey are criminal operations in many ways but it is also clear that Kurdish militants are not going to achieve anything fighting the Turkish Army in Turkey. PKK operations inside Turkey are a boost to the increasingly erratic Erdogan, it is the fighters in Syria with the US and Russian allies who will be able to achieve something for the Kurdish people so the efforts are much better directed there.
The Suruc (pronounced Surosh) massacre of July 20th saw 32 people killed and more than 100 wounded when a meeting of the Kurdish youth group the Socialist Party of the Oppressed was attacked with an explosive device in the town 10 kilometres from the Syrian border.
The Suruc massacre began a chain of events that less than a week later see Turkey engaged in military attacks inside Syria and Iraq in an operation they claim will target both the ISIL group and PKK/ YPG . Kurdish fighters. ( YPG appears to be just a new name for the PKK to get around the fact that the PKK is a designated “terror group’ according to NATO and the US State Department.)
At face value, the Suruc attack seemed like a pretty typical IS terror operation in revenge for the defeat in Kobani and the other defeats in Northern Syria at the hands of the Kurdish YPG group and the US Air force.
Analysis of the Suruc attack indicates that the event appears to have been a false flag attack conducted by the Turkish state or another “third force” that has infiltrated the Turkish state. ISIL appear not to have had any involvement and the attack was not conducted by a suicide bomber.
Turkey , a large and strategically located state has been a NATO member since 1952 and is a key long term US Middle Eastern ally. NATO’s “stay behind”Gladio armies wreaked more carnage upon Turkey than any of their other (Western European) targets during the Cold war.
The manoeuvring seems to have been inspired by increasing Turkish disquiet about the mounting victories of Kurdish fighters backed by US Aircraft in Northern Iraq.
It is worth noting that although at face value the PKK and Turkey are the most bitter of enemies, like Hamas, the IRA and many other groups, the PKK received key support from their supposed enemy Turkey on many occasions.
There is no doubt that Turkey has been THE key base for the IS operation in Syria. Maps of the area controlled by the group in Syria shows little more than a straight line from the Turkish border through to Raqqa (the IS Syria “capital” down to Deir az Zour on the border with Iraq.
“Turkish media speculated that it may have been an 18-year old female suicide bomber for Isis.”
There seems a logical explanation for this, if you look at before and after images of the scene of the blast, it can be clearly seen that there are a large number of young women in the crowd near the epicenter of the blast. The female bomber hypothesis probably arose from the initial assumption that it was a suicide attack and that the most severely damaged corpse would be that of the bomber as is generally the case, for obvious reasons.
The most severely damaged corpse was that of the young woman at the front near the epicenter of the blast. There was no suicide bomber so the closest victim was initially mistaken for the attacker.
Several days later the Turkish authorities claimed that they had identified the bomber as a man named Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoz, a Kurdish native of Adiyaman province. No evidence connecting this individual with either the ISIL group or the Suruc attack was provided.
The Attack Video.
The video of the attack does not show any sign of an attacker entering the area at all. Three seconds before the attack, a small bang can be heard, it is noticed by the crowd, some of whom seem alarmed. Hen the bomb detonates, it seems to come from the ground near the front of the crowd.
A Turkish court has banned publication of the images of the attack and Twitter was briefly blocked in Turkey in the wake of the Suruc attack.
The Claim of Responsibility.
It was taken for granted internationally that the IS group conducted the bombing, but the claim of responsibility from the group, generally forthcoming within hours of an attack, did not come for days, and when it arrived it referred to a car bombing.
But the Suruc attack was clearly not a car bomb, no-one is claiming that it was- other than “ISIL” via twitter.
The claim of responsibility for the Khan Bani Saad massacre of July 17th by contrast, was specific and detailed, with the group claiming to have used a 3 tonne device and also of targeting Shia Muslims.
An article in the Turkish newspaper “Today Zaman” in January this year claimed that elements of the Turkish Government were planning to conduct mass casualty terror attacks in Turkey and blame the attacks on the Fethullah Gulen, an infamous CIA cut out and alleged drug trade facilitator. Today Zaman seems to have pro-Gulen leanings judging from this piece. In December 2014, a Turkish court issued an arrest warrant for Gulen, who has lived in the US for decades.
The infamous Susurluk scandal of 1996 erupted after a serious car crash left three people dead and it emerged that amongst them were a police chief, a senior politician, and an international drug dealer and hitman. Devastatingly it emerged that a number of infamous figures in the drug game were being given Turkish Diplomatic credentials with which to operate. The Aftermath.
A series of cascading events have taken place since the Suruc attack that now see the Turkish Military in action in Northern Syria in a big way for the first time in the four year Syrian Civil War.
There have been demonstrations in several areas of Southern Turkey and in the largest city Istanbul. .
The PKK claim to have killed two Turkish police in retaliation for their collaboration with ISIL. The PKK also lured an apparent IS sympathiser into an ambush and murdered him in Istanbul. Another police officer was killed by masked men in Diyarbakir.
The apparent “usual suspects” of both ISIL and the PKK were rounded up in a series of massive police raids that saw more than two hundred arrested. The Western media claimed that ISIL were the target but it is claimed by Kurdish activists that this was mask for a crackdown on the PKK.
Turkish forces are now engaged in the Syrian War and are claiming that they are going to target both ISIL and the PKK/YPG in Northern Syria in an ongoing operation. There are no ground forces involved at this time.
So it seems that Turkey has decided that it is time to “cash in” the IS group for an extended incursion into Syria where they will be attacking the YPG, the US’s only real ally in Northern Syria. Turkey is apparently testing the waters at this stage but the intent is clear and both the Suruc attack and the supposed gun-battle with the IS group at the border were part of the same Black Operation with the aim of curtailing the PKK influence in Northern Syria using the IS as a convenient mask.
That’s why this seems to have happened and elements of the Turkish Government now seem to be tacitly admitting that the Suruc attack was a false flag and as per the Today Zaman piece from January, they are trying to lay the blame upon the Gulen organisation, the “next in line” CIA front Turkish Government.
A Pattern of Behaviour.
The Istanbul bombings of November 2003 that saw 70 people killed in four attacks that targeted the British Consul, a branch of (infamous alleged money launderer) HSBC bank and a Synagogue.
In 2010 it emerged that three Turkish Generals had collaborated with al Qaeda in the attack that was part of a failed coup plot known as Operation Sledgehammer. The combination of the evidence regarding the Suruc attack points to the fact that whereas the 2003 bombing massacres were a collaborative effort, the Suruc massacre was conducted vy the Turkish “deep state’ or Shadow government and the ISIL group did not perpetrate the Suruc massacre.
The Details of the Attack.
The device appears to be emplaced, no-one appears to enter the area of the attack prior to the attack. The claim of responsibility was late and inaccurate and is essentially meaningless. The Turkish Government felt a need clearly to initiate further military involvement in Syria and this event combined with a presumably fabricated border clash several days later have seen them at least partially achieve their goal.
The continual victories of the YPG with US air support , which is simply the PKK re-badged, were intolerable to Turkey and so they acted.
Within Turkey there does seem to be an understanding that this attack was at the very least facilitated by elements of the Turkish state. Beyond the dubious PKK targeting of supposed ISIL collaborator police in revenge and the cynical murder of a former ISIL fighter in Istanbul apparently working as a soap salesman. A senior Turkish police official has now accused the Gulen group of complicity in the attack, as the Today Zaman January article claimed would happen.
Determining which faction of the Turkish deep State were involved may be extremely difficult as the Gyulen people blame the Government. The positive thing is that at least in Turkey people know that there is a “parallel state operation involved.
The Real Danger of ISIL Exposed.
Due to the extensive support they receive from many nations, the IS group represent a real threat to the people of Syria and Iraq.
Outside the zones of combat, it is the ISIL brand rather than the actual group that is the threat. While they exist, anyone can blow up or shoot up anything anywhere and say it was an ISIL attack.
The group’s rhetoric track record of atrocities both real and fictitious is such that few will question them being blamed for almost anything.
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