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Al-Qaeda Claims Responsibility for Reyhanlı

The 'Revolutionary Muslim' Eren Erdem, author of the famous book Revolutionary Quranic Verses, on the grave threat to Turkey from Jihadist extremists.

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 02:29pm

The radical Islamist extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), one of the main Islamist terrorist group fighting in Syria, has recently issued an ominous declaration directed at the Turkish authorities. ISIS, a group with very strong links to al-Qaeda, had been active in Iraq prior to joining the fight against the Syrian government forces. Their statement bears an extremely alarming threat to Turkey's security and appears to resolve the question of who was responsible for the bombing of the Turkish town of Reyhanlı on 11 May 2013, which left at least 51 people dead and hundreds injured.


The message declares that “The lions of ISIS are ready to spread the message of goodness in Muslim lands to the Turkish people and purify its land from infidels.” According to the message, terrorists have demanded that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan open Syrian border gates of the country by next Monday. The declaration warns Erdoğan and other government officials to be careful, and says “You and your fellow men should watch your backs; you tyrannized the country and the people, so God's laws must be applied upon transgressors.”


The statement also included a claim of responsibility by the ISIS for the Reyhanlı and Bab al-Hawa bombings, warning that suicide attacks would affect Ankara and Istanbul like they did in the town of Reyhanlı in the district of Hatay, Turkey, if their demands are not met.


Despite the terrorist organisation claiming responsibility for the Reyhanlı attack, the mainstream media of Turkey has kept their silence about their declaration. This is perhaps not a surprise in a country where the media has shown itself to generally show an alarming pro-government bias, and where that government faces serious accusations of having supported and armed the very group which claims responsibility for the Reyhanlı massacre and threatens to commit even more.