compiled by Cem Ertür
16 September 2009
1) Turkey detains 6 suspects for 2003 Istanbul bombings (September 2009)
2) [from the archives] Turkish Top Military Brass meets Wolfowitz one day before Istanbul Attacks (November 2003)
3) [from the archives] Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz Turkish Media Availability (November 2003)
Turkey detains 6 suspects for 2003 Istanbul bombings
Ynetnews, 16 September 2009
Six people suspected of involvement in 2003 al Qaeda suicide bombings that killed dozens at synagogues and an HSBC bank branch were detained on Wednesday, Turkish police said.
The detentions were made in Istanbul, where the bombings occurred, police said in a statement.
Seven militants, including a Syrian al Qaeda member, were sentenced to life in prison [in February 2007] for their connection with the 2003 bombings.
from the archives:
excerpts from: Turkish Top Military Brass meets Wolfowitz one day before Istanbul Attacks
by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 21 November 2003
The two Istanbul attacks respectively on the HSBC in the financial district and on the British Consulate were, according to media reports “timed to coincide with President George Bush’s state visit to London.”
[…] [T]he attacks took place one day following the completion of the annual Turkish-US Joint Defense Group meeting (17-19 November 2003).
The Turkish delegation to this meeting was led by Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen Ilker Basbug, who met his US counterpart US Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen Peter Pace. […]
On the day of the attacks, Paul Wolfowitz held a press conference together with General Basbug.
The British Consul General Roger Short, was killed by the bomb as he was entering the consulate building. Press reports confirmed that he had cancelled an appointment at the last minute and “if he had gone to his appointment, he would have been alive” (http://www.hurriyetim.com.tr/haber/0,,sid~381@nvid~338359,00.asp ) […]
They attacks have created conditions for a more active role of Turkey in the Iraqi war theater. They create conditions for Turkey’s participation in the war on terrorism, while weakening its links to the EU.
More generally the attacks serve to strengthen the Anglo-American military axis and the legitimacy of Bush’s “War on terrorism.” […]
The Istanbul bombings also serve to uphold the shaky legitimacy of Prime Minister Tony Blair in the face of mounting political opposition to Britain’s’ participation in the US led war.
editorial note: General Ilker Basbug became the head of the Turkish Armed Forces in August 2008.
excerpt from: Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz Turkish Media Availability
US Department of Defense, 20 November 2003
“I want to take this occasion also to express our deep sorrow at the horrible terrorist attacks that have taken place in Turkey in recent days. I think I couldn’t say it any better than President Bush said it in London, that the terrorists are attacking Turkey the way they attack free countries in general. They are people who hate freedom.”
[US Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, joint press conference with Turkey’s ambassador to the United States Faruk Logoglu and the deputy head of the Turkish Armed Forces General Ilker Basbug, 20 November 2003. General Basbug became the head of the Turkish Armed Forces in August 2008.]
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