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Radikal - Turkey | Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Extremists in Iraq also a threat for Turkey

The extremist militia "Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) took over the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday. This development risks destabilising the entire region including Turkey, the liberal daily Radikal believes: "ISIL belongs to the new generation of radical Islamic groups and has employed the most brutal terrorist methods in the civil war in Syria without batting an eye. ... After Mosul they are now trying to gain power in Aleppo in Syria, which is also near the Turkish border. This attack increases the danger of division and civil war in Iraq. But the problems lie even deeper. ... With the civil war in Syria, the Kurdish PKK has been able to establish a liberated zone not only in northern Iraq but also in the north of Syria. That has given it even more power in the so-called 'Kurdish peace process' initiated by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan. ... The fact that Mosul has now fallen to an Islamic terrorist organisation which everyone considers an enemy will no doubt upset the power balance in the entire region."

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