Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Iskenderun Attack

Some Turks suspect Israel of complicity in an attack near Iskenderun Naval Base:
"Hours before the deadly Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara and other ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, an assault on Turkey’s Iskenderun Naval Base left seven servicemen killed and six injured (Firat, May 31; Today’s Zaman, June 6). Though earlier reports indicated the attack was on the naval installation, Hatay Governor Mehmet Celalettin Lekesiz said later that PKK members fired on a military vehicle carrying troops to sentry posts with RPG-7 grenade launchers and 'long-range weapons' (, May 31)...

"Inevitably, news of the fatal attack on Iskenderun looked to many Turks like two sides of the same coin. The feeling was reflected at top levels across the political board; AKP Deputy Chairman Huseyin Celik remarked, 'We do not think that it is a coincidence that these two attacks took place at the same time' (Today’s Zaman, June 2). After expressing regret over the losses at Iskenderun, CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu stated, 'At a time when the Israeli army continues military operations, it is meaningful that such an incident took place in Turkey' (Today’s Zaman, June 2). Turkish intelligence agencies are reported to be investigating any links between the raid on the flotilla and the attack on the naval base (Today’s Zaman, June 6)."

This strikes me as really improbable. Why would Israel set about attacking the Turkish military directly? It makes no sense.

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Anonymous Tim said...

Who said it was directly? Perhaps they send some funds to PKK? While I agree it is improbable, it isn't implausible. Governments have a good reputation of doing stupid things.

11:36 AM  

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