By Muskaan Chowdhary.
Turkey being a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic with a diverse cultural heritage and about 423,299 military strength, was also the first country which labelled the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as a terrorist organisation.
A series of attacks and clashes between turkey and the Islamic State of Iraq also known as the Turkey-ISIL conflict, started on May 2013 when ISIL was first suspected of involvement in the attack at Reyhanli, followed by March 2014 on Turkish police , the 5th June 2015 Diyarbarkir rally bombing and most notably the 20th July 2015 suruc bombing killing 32 young activists.
On 24th and 25th July 2015, Turkey carried out three waves of air strikes on ISIL targets in Syria; a very traumatic day for the people of Iraq.
Further on 10th October 2015, Ankara bombings cost the lives of 102 people.
Ankara, the capital city of Turkey with a population of 4,587,558 in the urban centre and 5,150,072 in its province, was stormed by two bombs that were detonated outside Ankara Central Railway Station.
The increase in violence came shortly after the governing Justice and Development Party lost its majority in Parliament, after 13 years of governing alone, in the June 2015 elections.
The bombs appeared to target a “Labour Peace and Democracy rally ” supported by Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey, the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects, the Turkish Medical Association and Confederation of Public Workers Union.
“The most catastrophic scene in the history of Ankara.”
Succeeding this event on 13th March 2016, a bombing took place at Kizilay, Ankara at 18:35, in which at least 37 people were killed and 125 injured with 19 critical.
According to Turkish Authorities, a car laden with explosives was used for the attack which targeted buses carrying civilians. The area hit, serves as a transport hub for the city. A number of bus stops are present at the site which is next to Guvenpark and Kizilay Square, considered the heart of Ankara.
According to the State channel, the car hit a bus carrying 20 civilians. An eyewitness stated that while a bus carrying 40 people slowed down, the car exploded whilst going by it. The area was subsequently evacuated as a precaution against the possibility of further attack.
“We condemn this terror attack….. People who carried out this attack will never succeed,” Interior Minister Efkan Ala said. “Turkey will overcome. Our determination to fight against terror will never be deterred by attacks like this.”
The fight between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants spread on 15th March 2016 with tanks, helicopters and armoured car deployed after the suicide bombing.
No one has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s car bomb that tore through a crowded transport hub in Ankara, but security officials have blamed two members of the outlawed separatist PKK.
A curfew was imposed in part of Diyarbakir from 3 a.m. after militants began to set up barricades, dig ditches and plant explosives, said the authorities.
No one of us could believe it would happen. No one could imagine that so many civilians would die without any reason. But it happened…Unfortunately.
My heart throbs imagining the place where innocent civilians would be suffering without any fault of theirs.
The definition of terrorists need to be broadened by including the its supporters too.
It may be the terrorist who detonates the bombs and pulls the trigger, but it is these supporters who enable them to achieve their goals.
“Being an MP, an academic, journalist, writer or civil society group executive does not change the reality of that person being a terrorist,” Erdogan stated.
We wish better days are kept in safe for Turkey and may peace and happiness overpower all the violence and brutality.