How Turkey’s academics became ‘terrorists’

MUSTAFA AKYOL, hurriyetdailynews

Yesterday morning, when I sat down to write this piece, a dozen academics in the province of Kocaeli were detained by the police. Moreover, news sites were noting, “more arrests are coming.” Yet another wave of a Turkish witch hunt, in other words, had begun.

(Mis)understanding the sociology of ISIL

BURAK BEKDİL, hurriyetdailynews

When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was making territorial advances in Iraq and Syria and releasing its first video productions in August 2014, its Turkish diagnosis came from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu: “Past anger [of], alienation and insults [against the Sunnis] have caused a reaction [which is ISIL]. Such an accumulation of anger [ISIL members’ anger] would not have existed if Sunni Arabs in Iraq were not alienated.”

Blame Terror on Everyone but Terrorists!

by Burak Bekdil, The Gatestone Institute

Turkey's president, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left), and top Muslim cleric, Professor Mehmet Gormez (center), think Islamic State jihadists do the same damage as people like Stéphane Charbonnier (right), the murdered editor of Charlie Hebdo.

Istanbul blast: time for Erdoğan to face up to Islamic State menace

Simon Tisdall, theguardian
Tuesday’s terrorist attack in central Istanbul has confirmed Turkey’s precarious position on the frontline of the escalating confrontation between Islamic State and western and Arab governments. Isis suicide bombers were behind at least two similar atrocities in Turkey last year – in the capital, Ankara, and at the Syria-Turkey border town of Suruç.

Isis 'ran sophisticated immigration operation' on Turkey-Syria border

Shiv Malik, Alice Ross, Mona Mahmood and Ewen MacAskill, theguardian

Islamic State ran a sophisticated immigration operation through a Syrian border town with Turkey until its defeat in the area by Kurds this summer, documents obtained by the Guardian suggest.

Saudi Arabia’s Phony War on Terror

Project Syndicate, Brahma Chellaney
BERLIN – Containing the scourge of Islamist terror will be impossible without containing the ideology that drives it: Wahhabism, a messianic, jihad-extolling form of Sunni fundamentalism whose international expansion has been bankrolled by oil-rich sheikhdoms, especially Saudi Arabia. That is why the newly announced Saudi-led anti-terror coalition, the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism, should be viewed with profound skepticism.

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