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Milliyet - Turkey | Thursday, June 12, 2014

Turkey partially to blame for Islamist terror

The Islamist militant group Isil took dozens of employees of the Turkish Consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul hostage on Wednesday after abducting some 30 Turkish lorry drivers on Tuesday. The Turkish government is partially to blame, the conservative daily Milliyet admonishes: "The terrorist organisation Isil was born in the morass of the war triggered by the US in Iraq, and spread in the civil war Ankara has fuelled in Syria. Turkey supported such organisations in an effort to topple Assad. They always had a foot in Turkey. The result: Mosul. ... Our problem is that for years we believed that 'Islamic fraternity' would solve all problems. Members of government presented it as a panacea to all those that made no distinction between the terms Islam and Islamist, Muslim and terrorist. Can you still pretend such a fraternity exists after these international events?"

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