Who is responsible for the Ankara attack?
Both the president and the prime minister insist that the latest Ankara attack was carried out by the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG), or rather, the PKK. At the same time, PKK spokespeople now insist that not only did they not carry out the attack, but that they have literally no link to it whatsoever. In fact, the PKK has also alleged that the Turkish government is now using the attack as a reason to attack the PYD in Syria.
Turkey is a country that has existed for many years in an atmosphere of violence. The past year, however, has been notably bad, marked by many attacks similar to the latest Ankara event. Scores of people have been killed and injured. A country that lives in such close contact with such frequent terror quite naturally develops its own set of reflexive responses to these events. One immediate response is that the government now brings in media bans right after these attacks, trying to reduce the effects of psychological turmoil through the country. Then, of course, that eternal human reflex enters the fray: the ability to forget. There are other talents that play roles herein too: like figuring out who's hand really lies behind these attacks, if the PKK doesn't take credit for it. By figuring out who comes out on top after a terrorism attack, the suspect is then pinpointed. Then, statements from organization spokespeople as well as intelligence information confirm these findings. The same sort of calculations went into action after the Ankara attack. As the Turkish military and police respond violently to the PKK's street wards in Sur and Cizre, and as Turkish forces bomb the PYD strongholds at Menagh Air Base -- in other words, while we are in open war with the PKK-PYD -- who would be carrying out an attack against military targets in Ankara?
Why would the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) -- one of the usual suspects in all this -- carry out an attack that would help the PYD, at the same time they are busy withdrawing in Syria, where they are occupied fighting the PYD? It's already well known that ISIL don't generally use these types of suicides against military targets, but rather against civilian targets, which causes much more panic. The October 2015 attack outside the Ankara train station, which killed more than 100 civilians, was the type of attack usually associated with ISIL. Not only this, ISIL was quick to accept responsibility.
One could say that, in fact, suicide attacks are not a preferred method of action for the PKK. They are however used by the leftist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C). Notably, the PKK works with the DHKP-C within the HDP and within the larger umbrella of the PKK's larger front strategy. In addition, the organic ties between the DHKP-C and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime are well known.
To wit, the big Reyhanly attack was also carried out directly by the DHKP-C. If the latest Ankara attack were in fact carried out by the DHKP-C, then the PKK would emerge on its own as the real suspect. But the entrance of the DHKP-C onto the scene introduces another suspect herein: the Assad regime in Syria. The compromise and cooperation between the PYD and the Assad regime are already well known. The recent Ankara attack is a striking example of one product of this relationship.
The propaganda aspects of these type of attacks have fine-tuned calculations behind them. The PKK attack on a military vehicle in BingE[micro]l that killed eight people in the immediate wake of the Ankara attack shows that these two attacks are aligned. The illumination of more and more attackers here might well damage the talks and contact between the US and Russia at this point.
The data used by those who planned the Ankara attack came out of a polluted atmosphere. The attack, which took place at the same time a possible land operation in Syria was being debated throughout Turkey, will never lead us to any real suspects outside of the Assad regime in Syria and the PKK-PYD headquarters in northern Syria. As for the polluted atmosphere and high tension that fed this attack, it is a real masterpiece of Europe, which has had so much trouble making resolute decisions on what to do about Syria.
Is Turkey really so wrong in blaming the PKK for this attack, or in complaining about the great states that are shaping the future and fate of Syria?
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